DAY 276 OF 365 IN 2021
THE NEED FOR CONNECTION
Genesis 2:18 Now the LORD God said, “It is not good (beneficial) for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper [one who balances him—a counterpart who is] suitable and complementary for him.”
Today, I share with you a perspective on today’s text inspired by a homily I heard a while back.
Insanity is often attributed to a mental state where one is unable to distinguish reality from fantasy. Many may be more familiar with its synonym ‘madness’. Insanity can however be redefined into a condition where “others cannot communicate with others”. God, the creator, realised something after creating man, the beasts of the field, birds of the air and creatures of the sea. This was His realisation “It is not good for the man to be alone”.
Therefore, wanting to connect with others at multiple levels is neither a sign of weakness nor an ailment, it is a necessity because in a community, isolation can be the greatest threat of all. Recent global lockdowns have further highlighted this reality. Upon encountering the woman for the first time, the man recognised in her a fitting companion, just as God intended hence the acclaim: ‘bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.‘
True community can therefore only be created among ‘equals’. Not equals in age, or experience, but a state of thinking. So in relationships including marriage, God answers the human need for friendship and companionship. These were the words of Rev Father Boguslaw’
to enter marriage is to enter a school of love, fidelity and charity; for in such a union, not only do we bring our strengths, but also our weaknesses.Fr. Bogdan, 2020
Beloved, God is a proponent of community, because even in the Godhead: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, there is a Unity in Trinity.
Let us also appreciate this need and connect with others as appropriate simply because it is not good to be alone.