A lesson – Genesis 2:4-7
In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
Luke’s Gospel ends Jesus’ genealogy with “Adam, son of God.” Adam, the primordial man, is created in God’s Image, but from the dust of the earth. Like a potter who draws a creation out of clay, so are we drawn out by the hand of God. And, unlike every other creature who God created, it is only into Adam’s lungs that God breathes God’s own breath. The Breath of Life. St. Paul makes much about Jesus being the “new Adam,” the new start of a New Life with God.
But, Adam is as much a reminder of our high and lofty start as he is a reminder of how quickly we fall. Adam shows our divine birthright, but he also demonstrates the very reason for Jesus coming into the world. He is the first to breath God’s breathe, and he is the first to disobey God. As such, he reminds us of the choices we face each day; choices which help us achieve all that God intends us to be, or choices which turn our backs to God.
O God, who wondrously formed us in your Holy Image, and infuse us each day with your Holy Breathe; help us daily to die to sin and receive by faith your grace which is so lavishly abundant; through Jesus Christ our Lord, whom we await this Advent. Amen.