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What's missing from today's first reading? [We are created to find God through relationship]

I'm mystified sometimes when I approach the Sunday readings, wondering how they were selected or edited.  In today's reading for the First Sunday of Lent, I get how the first reading from Genesis and the Gospel have a common theme about temptation.  But, what struck me most was what was missing from the first reading.  What was edited out?  How does the story go from there just being a man (Adam) to a couple (Adam and Eve).

Most Christians are surprised that Genesis has two creations stories from two different traditions, crafted together, one after the other.   Most of us are more familiar with the first one in which God, almost like an engineer, creates the world in six days.   At the end of that story, God creates humanity "male and female he created them."  Genesis 1: 27   We learn from this story that we are all created in the image and likeness of God.  Therefore, each of us, from conception to death has inherent dignity and worth, a pillar of Catholic theology…