Wedding Lectionary: Genesis 1:26-28, 31a

Engaged couples have two creation stories to consider in their lineup of Old Testament choices.  The so-called Priestly source in Genesis describes the apex of the creation story, and take a bit of time with the dawn of humankind:

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.God blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.”

God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.

If you can get over the curious usage of “us” as either an “elevated” or royal “we,” or some prefiguring of the Trinity (don’t take that suggestion seriously), and if the sexist language isn’t a problem, this is one of the middle choices in terms of popularity.

The late Fr Joseph Champlin, in Together for Life, adopts this passage as an affirmation of sexuality, and the sharing of the human couple in the creation-act of God:

It is not really God’s fault that we continue to take a negative view of our bodies and our sexual lives. People have been reading this biblical passage for thousands of years. The words and message are clear enough.

They are indeed. I think our culture’s outward obsession with sex suggests we’re not quite over our awkward adolescence as far as the acceptance of sexuality is concerned. The perversion of sex into pornography, voyeurism, and other indulgences doesn’t strike me as mature and integrated. The Fox network’s two-headed approach of sex-to-sell and conservative commentary seems very logical in its own immature sort of way.

Some couples, though, will appreciate the summit of God’s creation, and the endorsement of human beings as “very good.” Anybody else?



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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Wedding Lectionary: Genesis 1:26-28, 31a

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  3. Annare says:

    My Fiance and I are choosing the readings for our wedding. We have found it a little challenging because of the sexist language and the sexist representation of the woman and wife in the couple. We, I, certainly do not want to hear this language at my wedding as if it was setting the tone in our union, which is legitimized by the authority of the moment and the witness of a hundred people.
    When we came to this passage, my fiance commented that this might be a candidate, since it was the least sexist among the ones read until then. However, I am disturbed by the proclamation of human superiority over our living environment, which legitimizes all the irresponsible behaviors of human kind towards other living creatures, natural resources and our living environment in general. I know our wedding is not the moment for activism, nevertheless I do not feel comfortable in contributing to the subsistence of this discourse. So this is also out…

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