If all the beasts were gone,
men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,
for whatever happens to the beasts
also happens to the man.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of Earth.
~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe
The creatures of earth, sea and sky came forth “out of the waters of God’s life.” And their arrival was yet another manifestation of the visible from the invisible–another disclosure of the mystery of God. In addition, “with the birth of the creatures there is the emergence of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. The light of the sun and the whiteness of the moon can now be seen. The wind blowing through the leaves of trees and the crashing of ocean waves can be heard. The early morning fragrance of the earth can be smelled. Its fruit can be tasted, and its textures touched,” writes J. Philip Newell. It has even been said that if one wants to know the Creator, one of the ways to gain insight is to know His creatures, and I think that’s especially true when it comes to examining the sensory aspect of their coming. For does not the ability to see, that the creatures brought, teach mankind to see with the eyes of the heart? In the silences of humanity’s reality does not the ability to hear teach men to listen for the “echo of the spheres” and the still, small voice of God? Do not the abilities to smell, taste, and touch help mortals meet their Savior, Jesus, through the holy sacrament of the Eucharist (Communion)?
And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. ~Genesis 1:30