REFLECTION: Who created the world?

If you were asked, “Who created the world?”,  what would your answer be? My answer was immediate and it was “God”. We were then asked again. “Who created the world? God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?” My answer was immediate again and just as enthusiastic and I answered “God the Father!” and so did many others. Fr. Al said “No, it was God the Son.” I am not sure if he got a similar response when he taught Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body workshop to the Priests, but as he taught it to the laity, many of us were surprised and in shock.

That’s right! The adjective to describe how I felt was total shock. I immediately asked myself, “How can it be?” while Fr. Al had already jumped into the scripture of John 1 and on…

I forced myself to listen, but as he continued on, I quickly pulled out my Bible to read what was there. I skimmed through words that I had read and heard many a times and yet my mind held on to my answer…”God the Father”. During the break, I asked Fr. Al to show me where it said that it was Jesus who created the world and he pointed to the same verses I was reading.

As I write, I stop to reflect on why I was shocked. Aren’t God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit one? Does it really matter if Jesus the Son created the world and not the Father? I suppose not. It just takes a while to let go of what I had believed to be the truth. Since our Thursday evening workshop, I had began praying this through, asking the Father to teach me what He wants me to know and I believe He is beginning to help me to let go of my guard and to openly reflect on what was taught…

A memory comes to the surface, reminding me that Fr. Al had asked us “How do you make the sign of the cross?” He explained that people learned how to make the sign of the cross by imitating the Priest during Mass. In the earlier years, the Priests always faced the Tabernacle and so the laity followed him, making the sign of the cross with their right hand. When Priests eventually turned and faced the congregation while saying Mass, the Priest continued to make the sign of the cross with his right hand, but some laity began to mimic the actions of the Priest without realizing that they were now imitating a mirror image. Fr. Al continued, saying that depending on which part of the Catholic faith you belong (Orthodox, Eastern, Western…), you either make the sign of the cross with your right hand, left hand and in some cases, with both simultaneously! Fr. Al added that the parents taught their children what they learned and the children who became Priests then taught the congregation what their parents taught them and on and on…

I now begin to see a parallel here. I don’t know who taught me that it was God the Father who created the world. I could have very readily presumed this on my own or had achieved this through “general” deduction. The reality is that God created the world. It shouldn’t really matter to me which person of the Trinity did it. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit individually and combined is still my loving God, who has given me the beautiful grace to know Him so…personally and who has allowed me to finally see myself through His eyes and recognize that I can make a difference in this world. That is my God and He is the creator of this world.

But wait! We must not forget to delve into scripture! I have disected portions of John 1 below and have pasted them accordingly to help me, and hopefully you, grasp what was taught…

John Chapter 1 – Revised Standard Version

1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2. He was in the beginning with God;

– He was with God even from the beginning

3. all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.

4. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

– ALL things were made through Him = He was / is the creator

– in Him was life; life was the light of men = the same “person” who was / is the creator

was / is the light of men

– the light of men is JESUS!

– hence, one can only deduct that Jesus is the creator

10. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.

11. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not.

– once again, Scripture says the the world was made through him

– this creator was not known by the world

– he was not received by his own home and by his own people

– the One who was not recognized nor received by his own people is Jesus

– hence, once again, one can only deduct that Jesus is the creator

Who do you say created the world? If anyone asked me again, I would continue to say God and I wouldn’t go further to expand on things. Nevertheless, I believe I am slowly coming to terms that Jesus the Son, who is still God, was the “person” in the trinity that created the world.

God bless,

Melissa – January 15, 2011

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