Tom Brady is a GOAT. Perhaps the greatest of all time to play quarterback for an NFL team … or two. In New England, we are grateful for the enjoyment he provided over twenty years and the gracious way in which he moved on to Tampa Bay. He has found in the four agreements a core set of beliefs and practices that help him to be free, to be happy and to love his family, friends, and others.
Today, we begin the Book of Genesis, the very first book of the whole 73 books of the Bible. Those powerful and memorable words open-up the core of God’s revelation to us: “In the beginning.” What follows is the impeccable word of God. He says, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God’s word is not only impeccable; His word creates and from nothing. His word creates day and night, the waters, above and below, the dry land, the plants and trees. God sees how good each of these is. They are like a great liturgical procession as each one is created and passes by. God is the Creator overseeing this parade of wonders and he sees how good each one is. And there is so much more to come.
The four agreements, with God’s grace, can help us let our word be like God’s: creative, truthful and reliable; help us do our best always; avoid assumptions and not take things personally.
In the first reading today, we begin the great adventure with the opening words of the Bible, “In the beginning…” We discover that the bible is our family book and God is our Father. We learn the good news that he creates the world and all that is in it to serve the family, his masterpiece.
Beginning today, why not introduce your family to this greatest of gifts, God’s creative love and joy as he looks upon all that he has created, upon your family and sees how good it is. Amen.
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About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.