In him all things hold together
Colossians 1: 15-20 (GNT)
15 Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. 16 For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. 17 Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place. 18 He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body's life. He is the first-born Son, who was raised from death, in order that he alone might have the first place in all things. 19 For it was by God's own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God. 20 Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son's blood on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven.
I do enjoy the efforts of people like Professor Brian Cox to try to make scientific concepts understandable. His books are readable, his TV manner is most engaging, and every so often I think I am just about to understand what he is saying. At least, I seem to understand the words, but the concept is beyond me and it slips away again.
Today’s reading has much the same effect on me.
Paul explains the how and why of the universe in just six verses.
The word ‘awesome’ has all but lost its meaning nowadays, but it still has a proper power, in the right context, and this is it.
Sunday’s reflection on the ‘hinge point of history’ placed Jesus in a particular time, which we think we understand. Monday’s located him in particular places, which we can relate to.
Today’s places him in space-time, an altogether more complicated concept.
No, in spite of Paul and Professor Cox, I don’t understand it, but I still stand in awe.
God of eternity
God of the universe and the atom,
God of space-time,
what are we,
that you should care about us,
care for us?
We stand in awe.
We praise and thank you that you came to us,
that you include us,
embrace us, love us,
whoever we are,
in our particular time and place.