Yet even with an abundance of natural life surrounding the man, something fundamental is lacking.This passage highlights the importance of human relationships, and the need for a strong society – one that begins with men and women in committed, mutually loving relationships.I will make a suitable partner for him.” So the Lord God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name.
I can then proceed accordingly.” Laban and his household said in reply: “This thing comes from the Lord; we can say nothing to you either for or against it.
Here is Rebekah, ready for you; take her with you, that she may become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has said.” So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Do you wish to go with this man?
When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body. Commentary This second version of creation is vastly different from the first.
God creates man first, and then the birds, wild animals, and other life forms – the very opposite from the previous account.
” Then Rebekah and her maids started out; they mounted their camels and followed the man. Meanwhile Isaac had gone from Beer-lahai-roi and was living in the region of the Negeb. In his love for her Isaac found solace after the death of his mother Sarah. Commentary This text is but a piece of a larger story riddled with challenged relationships, unlikely children, and unforeseen circumstances.
Key to the story is Abraham’s total faith that God will provide and guide. Landing in Canaan at a very old age, his barren wife Sarah remarkably gives birth to their son, Isaac.
Responsorial Psalms New Testament Readings Gospel Readings A reading from the Book of Genesis -28, 31a Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.” God created man in his image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.