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One might say, from a materialistic or agnostic point of view : "You forget that the planet Earth is like a grain of sand in the universe, and you see yourself as the center of creation, and on this you build your religious ideas, relating your conclusions from the specific to the general." Let us reply to such possible remark. In discussions about God, one can only speak of the Creator and Provider of the entire universe and our Saviour. The reproach turns back on its source, when we hear the announcement, supposedly of scientific nature, but with a mysterious quality, that there is an element on earth that, in properly combined with other elements, provides a beginning and a starting spark to life; it is only required that the combination occur, and the seed of life will arise. But no one has yet revealed such a law among the precise regularity qualitative of all earthly matter. Do we have to await an unexpected "accident?" On the other hand, if the earth is a grain of sand in the universe, as it truly is, and if one imagines an accident and makes it an example for the possible appearance of life in the universe, then will not such an image of the origin of life appear as child’s play? In fact, we see that, in all the kinds and genders of living beings, life comes from life. This is its law.

We bow down before the greatness of that holy Biblical panorama which is portrayed from the second line of the first chapter of Genesis and is chosen in condensed form and offered to our hearing in the Old Testament readings of our three greatest feast days: the Birth of Christ, Epiphany and Great and Holy Saturday. We present the beginning and the end of this Church reading. Genesis 1:1, 13:

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters… And God said: Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so… And the evening and the morning were the third day."

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