Creation Reveals God’s Glory – St. John Paul II

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Pope John Paul II in a March 1986 General Audience discusses creation and scriptural references to how creation proclaims the glory of God :

A new dimension of God’s glory begins with the creation of the visible and invisible world. This glory is called “exterior” to distinguish it from the previous one. Sacred Scripture speaks of it in many passages and in different ways. Some examples will suffice.

Psalm 19 proclaims: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork…. There is no speech, nor are there words whose sound is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (Ps 19:1, 2, 4). The Book of Sirach states: “The sun looks down on everything with its light, and the work of the Lord is full of his glory” (42:16). The Book of Baruch has a very singular and evocative expression: “The stars shone in their watches and were glad; he called them, and they said, ‘Here we are!’ They shone with gladness for him who made them” (3:34).

Elsewhere the biblical text sounds like an appeal addressed to creatures to proclaim the glory of God the Creator. For example, the Book of Daniel states: “O all you works of the Lord, bless the Lord, to him be highest glory and praise forever” (3:57). Or Psalm 66: “Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name: give to him glorious praise! Say to God, ‘How glorious are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name'” (1-4).

Sacred Scripture is full of similar expressions: “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (Ps 104:24). The whole created universe is a multiple, powerful and incessant appeal to proclaim the glory of the Creator. “All the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord” (Num 14:21); for “both riches and honor come from you” (1 Chr 29:12).

Click here for the full text of John Paul II’s discussion (Italian) from the Vatican’s web page.

Click here for an English translation of the full text of John Paul II’s discussion, from the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science (Inters.org), which is edited by the Advanced School for Interdisciplinary Research, operating at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, and directed by Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti.

 

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