In the CCD class I taught for 12-year-olds, we covered the Old Testament, and in one of the first classes we read the creation story from Genesis. The first story of creation in Genesis takes up one page in my Bible. That’s it. In one little page, God explains everything about creation.
So, from the story, we discovered that God doesn’t create alone, that what He speaks happens, that He has an order to things, that He loves His creation, and that He created man in His own image. These are the most important things about God and creation. All packed into just one little page.
Then came one of those questions.
“Did it happen just like that? What about evolution?”
Now, I love these questions, because they’re sincere, and because it’s through these little questions that God wants to give a big gift of grace to everyone involved.
OK, I said, here on the board, we were able to find out all the most important things about God and creation, and we got it all from one page. One little page!
Now, if we wanted to include all the scientific processes and all the exact facts and scientific discoveries, and talk about geology and biology and physics and chemistry and cosmology, and all of science, well, you can take a walk over to a library at Boston College. You will find that there will be thousands of books, and each will contain a hundred or so pages. And when you have read them all after 1000 years and put them all together, I believe you will find that they will not even begin to tell you the most important things about God and creation.
But Moses did it in one little page!
That’s why we can say the Bible is inspired by God. That’s why we can say that Moses is inspired by God. Because only God can do that. Only God can fit all the most important things to know about Him and all creation into one page. We people who trust in ourselves can’t do that. It’s impossible for us. We can go at it for pages and years, end on end, and still not get there. But God can do it in one page.
Only God can put such a big gift in such a little package. That’s who He is.
And so we all got a big grace out of a little question.
If we want to be inspired by God, if we want His greatest gifts inside us, then we have to give up on having ambition and knowledge and influence. You have to give up on trusting in yourself. We have to become little, like the one page of Genesis. Like the one little question. Like the one little Virgin.
Then, God can do the impossible.
“Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were exceedingly astonished and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” (Mk 10:25-26)
Happy first week of Advent!