Creation as Revelation

August 17, 2011

For the last several days, I have had the opportunity to experience one small part of the overwhelming beauty of God’s Creation. In these few days we have begun to recognize and appreciate the vast biodiversity of this seemingly barren place hidden in the rural west of Ireland. We have also examined the intricacies of the smallest of flowers like “eyebright” and “tufted vetch,” a process which has manifested to me the intelligent and creative presence of God.

This past semester I took a Scriptural Theology class in which we read the Vatican II document Dei Verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation. At the beginning of the week, Dr. Feehan, our presenter, challenged all of us to look at Creation as Revelation. This statement was truly extraordinary, and it has become a point of reflection for me throughout the week. Being the student of theology that I am, in order to journey deeper into this reality I decided to look once again at Dei Verbum, where I found the following quote:

“God, who through the Word creates all things (see John 1:3) and keeps them in existence, gives men an enduring witness to Himself in created realities (see Rom. 1:19-20).”

Throughout my week in the Burren I’d like to think that I’ve experienced something of the reality of God, in both the immensity and intricacy of His many “created realities.” It seems to me that this is a dimension of our faith experience that is all too often overlooked.