THURSDAY, THE FIFTH DAY
(Thursday, November 30)
“Then God said, ‘Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.’ So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’ So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.” (Gen 1:20-23)
Thursday, called The Fifth Day in Hebrew and Greek, (*Yom Hamishi*, *Pempti*), can be seen as a pivotal day in God’s creative work. Here God creates *living* creatures (*hayyah* in Hebrew). And for the first time God speaks directly to His creation, to the newly-created sea creatures and birds, commanding them to “Be fruitful and multiply.” Thus is set into motion the drive among living beings to interact productively, so as to multiply what God had already brought into being.
On Thursdays in our church-tradition we celebrate pivotal figures in Salvation History, the Holy Apostles. They are “pivotal” in the sense that they were to multiply the *new life* inaugurated by the Son of God, which emerged from the Tomb. God sent them forth into the world to be fruitful and to multiply not biological life, but the “life abundantly” that springs from their eyewitness testimony to the Word of God made flesh. This testimony did not ultimately further the biological life of the Apostles, most of whom (except John) died as martyrs. In the era of the “apostolic” Church, procreation ceased to be the main vocation of human beings or the main way of “being fruitful and multiplying.”