Today’s verses illuminate three aspects of creation theology: the earth belongs to God; we who live in the earth belong to God; God is the source of life. The psalmist sees them as inextricably linked to one another and imperative in our relationship with God. These three observations have serious implications for the ways we connect to or disconnect from God.
The earth with everything in it belongs to God. God is the only one who can claim power or possession of the earth. As created beings, we cannot master the earth; but God calls us to be its stewards. Stewards take their direction from the master, who holds them accountable for their work. How we treat the earth reflects how we view our role as the stewards of God’s creation. God will hold us responsible for the state of creation because the earth belongs to God.
As beings on the earth—as part of creation—we also belong to God. We live here because God lets us. How we treat others reveals whether or not we view ourselves and others as created beings who belong to God. God calls us to care for one another as God cares for each of us—with compassion and love. Because we are part of creation, God calls us to invest in rather than exploit one another.
The earth and everything in it—including us—belong to God because God created us. God is the source of life. The psalmist states it clearly: Everything belongs to God. Though technological advancement allows us to feel entitled to and in control of everything within our grasp, we cannot forget that our very existence and our relationship with God depend upon our care for God’s creation.

Lord, teach me that belonging to you means caring for your creation and all that is in it. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
July 9–15, 2018
Resumen de la Escritura

Two readings this week focus on welcoming God’s presence. David does this by bringing the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. As the ark arrives, David dances with all his might, worshiping God with reckless abandon. In Psalm 24, the author poetically calls a city to open its gates and welcome the great king. These passages invite us to consider how willingly we receive God into our lives. The reading from Ephesians speaks of God’s eternal plan. While circumstances may seem chaotic from our perspective, God holds an eternal perspective and has sealed us with the Holy Spirit. Mark tells us the sad story of the execution of John the Baptist, yet another example of a righteous person experiencing persecution.

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19. How do you bless others in your daily life?
• Read Psalm 24. How do you evidence your willingness to be a steward of God’s creation?
• Read Ephesians 1:3-14. When have you experienced a “hiccup” on your journey and found God ready and willing to assist? How did that help come?
• Read Mark 6:14-29. When have you experienced a guilty conscience? What triggered it?

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