The mark of humanity

Today's reading from Genesis 4:8-15 brings to a tragic conclusion the story of Cain and Abel. Murder is murder, it's a fact of daily life wherever human beings live with other human beings. What is troubling is how the Yahwist, or whoever wrote this part of Genesis, has set it up in a context of religious …

A Lower Origin?

After the exalted view of human beings made in the image and likeness of God, today's readings bring us back down to earth - literally: Genesis 2:4-19; Isaiah 2:11-21; Proverbs 3:1-18. Isaiah continues his attack on the haughtiness of men. Isaiah threatens that God will "terrify the earth." Thank you, Lord - I feel like …