On the Way to Something New: The Beauty of Genesis 1

Today’s post is a reblog is from the outstanding new blog Playful Theology. The author is Jessie Rogers, a Scripture scholar and Godly Play practitioner who is a fan of Teilhard de Chardin.


Jesse Rogers also has a great site devoted to the Sunday readings.


Playful Theology

Genesis 1 is an incredibly beautiful story of origins open to readings at many levels. What I offer here is a ‘spiritual reading’, one which sees in these verses a metaphor for the emergence of something new in our lives. This Scripture anchors me and gives me courage in those periods of change when I struggle to trust God with the process, when I am ‘on the way to something unknown, something new’ and I have to ‘accept the anxiety of feeling myself in suspense and incomplete’.  As those quotes from Teilhard de Chardin suggest, this reflection arises out of reading Genesis 1 in light of his thought, and particularly his exhortation to trust in the slow work of God  This was originally penned as a meditative reflection for a community process of listening to the Spirit, but it could equally be used for individual reflection.

In the beginning…

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About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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3 Responses to On the Way to Something New: The Beauty of Genesis 1

  1. Lynda says:

    Thank you for pointing us to this new blog and the creative way of reflecting on Genesis 1. You mentioned in your comment on Jessie’s blog that you are a Grade 6 catechist. I am on the RCIA team at my parish and just attended a wonderful Team RCIA Summer Institute which was not really limited to RCIA teams in its scope. There were many Directors of Religious Education there who were taking home ideas to apply to different ministries within the parish. I would recommend the website to you for inspiration for your ministry as a catechist. The passion of Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal is to evangelize our parishes so that everyone is exposed to a personal relationship with Jesus. http://www.teamrcia.com/

    • Lynda, thank you so much for the Team RCIA website recommendation. It looks fantastic and I look forward to checking it out. Please let me know of any other resources or tips that you have!

  2. William, thanks for reblogging and for the good word. Blessings!

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