3 The Gift of Knowledge continued

The gift of knowledge, Pope Francis added, also allows us to look upon creation as God did in the Book of Genesis. “The gift of knowledge places us in profound harmony with the Creator and allows us to participate in the brightness of His gaze and His judgment,” he said. “And it is in this perspective that we can grasp in man and woman the summit of creation, as the fulfillment of a plan of love that is imprinted in each of us and that makes us recognize each other as brothers and sisters.”

This gift, the Pope continued, helps Christians avoid two errors in thinking about creation. The first is “considering ourselves masters of creation,” rather than welcoming it as a “wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all.” The second is “the temptation to limit ourselves to creatures, as if they can provide the answer to all our expectations.”

“Safeguard creation,” he concluded. “Because if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us! Never forget this!”

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