When you study astronomy, you will surely realize how vast the Milky Way is, the galaxy that includes the Solar System, which our own planet Earth is part of. This galaxy is estimated to be 100,000 light years across. This surely is daunting, if not difficult to imagine. Now, talk about the size of the Universe, which is estimated to be composed of 140 billion galaxies. Can you even conceive the enormity of the Universe?
Now, taking this into perspective, we may think we are not significant then. In size we are surely minute, tiny specks in the Universe, so much so that we might ask, are we really important? Of course, to God our Creator, yes we are much loved, that is why He created us in His image and likeness:
“God created mankind in His image; in the image of God, He created them; male and female He created them. God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.” (Gen. 1: 27-28)
Infinite is God’s faithfulness, and He hasn’t changed His immense love for us despite our sinfulness and shortcomings.
In the Gospel (Mk 10: 2-12), when the Pharisees approached to test Jesus and asked Him a question about divorce, they cited that “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” But Jesus told them,
“Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”
This design of God’s creation is part of Divine Wisdom that we, His creatures do not have even the slightest right to change or alter. Being male and female is something we are born with, thus obviously innate in us. Individually we are created unique from each other, even despite coming from the same family, background, and environment. Each of us grew up into distinct persons, gifted with attributes, talents and personalities. The times are changing though. Man is trying to disintegrate what God has carefully created.
Today, let us reflect on being male and female. Consider that this design of God is severely under assault in the world today. Challenge yourself to let that uniqueness shine through, in fulfillment of what God has laid out for you.
“If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is brought to perfection in us.”
1 Jn 4:12