ishment." Both denotations are appropriately applied as the tale of the rise and fall of the first humans unfolds.
I. After you formed the first human with your hands, Lord, you valued him above all creation. You made him an image of your unique being. And so, amazed at your love for our kind, we say: "What a premium was placed upon the human race!" 3:Rm.1:20L4:Tt.3:4L 5 and refrain passim: Heb. 3:3L
I. Although the Creator of the universe lives beyond time, after he marked an end to the span of creation he wanted to make one creature first in rank, and decided to give earth a master. What a premium was placed upon the human race!
2. But as he weighed these plans, God confounded the corps of angels: which of them would wield this power and be chosen king of the newly created world? What a premium was placed upon the human race! 2: Lk.2:13L4 :Heb.2:5L