We are designed for communion. That can be scary because we are in a fallen world where coming into a group or staying in a group requires vulnerability. Vulnerability means risk. Is the risk worth it? Is the risk of rejection worth the benefit of being accepted? I would propose yes because we are only in going through the struggle of that tension living out what we are made for.
But first a review of the breadcrumbs of the first several days in this Genesis story. The first day was light which speaks of truth. The second day was water centered which speaks of grace as shown later in the material of water in baptism. The third day is about he blend of giving of self in the context of unity. The fourth day is about the establishment of authority in the material world (maybe even a shadow of hierarchy). The fifth day is about the song in nature of God’s call and provision in a divine gathering in. Each of the principles can be considered in the point of view of the Creator in a divine zooming in not only like a geography lesson but a self-revelation of what God is all about and His purpose.
His purpose according to the later part is about a Bride. But to appreciate that, one must make a journey in prayer and in all the scriptures in the ongoing discovery of reconciliation; but first we start with creating the center of the here and now: land and humankind.
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29 God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness
Just this line is loaded. God, singular, uses the possessive pronoun of “our”. But from this perfect family within the all sufficient trinity, the seed of a community on earth begins. We see how “Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something but someone. he is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace into a Covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in his stead: (Catechism of The Catholic Church, 357). We are made for communion.
This communion is communicated by an implied language of covenant in word and action. By saying “God created them; male and female He created them”, there is laid out a pattern of the initiator and the initiated. The basic imagery in the male and female parts is that of compatible parts. When the process happens, it speaks of being unitive and procreative as the default pattern. This communion is one of fellowship and passion; both of which lead to mission. When a couple today are united properly, good things come from that.
But in that communion there is implied a cycle of fully loving the other and the other loving reciprocally without holding back. When God the Father says about Jesus at the baptism by John, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. what is shown is full expression of love for the other without holding back. Any healthy family on earth ideally should reflect that unselfish love in heaven. This is one of many things to reflect on when we pray “on earth as it is in heaven”.
So now God’s work is getting grounded—on the dirt. He has done a work in the sky and seas but the focus of His creation would be in man. In starting with the animals that are on the ground there are solid families as a norm with father and mother together though not always. But as for loving without holding back the couple have a fruitfulness that is uninhibited by the care of this world. Unless there is a fall from grace.
But what does the “saw it was very good” line mean? It means that God favors this step more. He favors when things get personal for Him. For this unique creature to have communion is not just something to God but everything. The deeper we go into this, the deeper we know that God is passionately invested into us. God is the wild man. He has a wondrous love for every member of humankind that is beyond our understanding in our fleshly minds. But what is left to us is to wonder….