The 27th Sunday of the Year

Gen 2:18-24; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16 (Year B)

“The Lord said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.’ ”

While the biblical creation narratives were never intended as a scientific description of human origins, they echo the universal experience of what it is to be human. We are social animals and, as such, can never thrive in isolation. Thus, in the verses that follow the assertion that “it is not good that man should be alone”, the creation narrative points to the life-giving relationships that offer meaning and purpose to our humanity.

The invitation to name the creatures formed from the soil of the earth hallows humanity’s relationship with the environment. Above all, the creation of the woman from Adam’s rib, and his triumphant cry “this at last is bone of my bone, flesh from my flesh”, asserts both the equality of the sexes and, beyond this, answers the loneliness at the heart of man, linking marriage with creation’s original blessing: “Increase, multiply and fill the face of the earth.”

These relationships, with our Creator, our environment and with each other, lead to our ultimate belonging; our relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As such, they are to be cherished as the path to what Jesus would describe as life eternal, the fullness of life.

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