“BUT LET ME TELL YOU Ever since the Big Bang , approximately 14.5 Billions Years, the released energy has been constantly forming the cosmos that we experience as evolving, always becoming something new, never losing that which went before, but becoming more complex. Teilhard de Chardin, a famous Jesuit Paleontologist coined the concept of “Complexification.” From that first second, so long ago, we can today observe the ongoing expansion of the cosmos, with trillions of galaxies, stars and planets, separated by light years. Matter is seen as energy changing and being changed, letting the old die so that the new can be born. Energy forms and re-forms, giving birth to the new by letting go of the old.
Creation is a verb, describing the ongoing struggle to become new, reaching beyond the moment. Teilhard observed that matter struggles to become conscious. Matter is seen as energy forming, changing and being change. Death and resurrection are two sides of the same coin; they are connected. We experience the loss of the old and celebrate the birth of the new – life renewing itself in and through creation – becoming conscious – and able to choose – to become responsible in walking our human journey with the Creator.
In looking backwards throughout history, we can see the hand of God, acting and calling us into life. The very seasons speak to us of the movement of creation. The winter is a sign of preparation: Spring is when the seed is planted and Summer the time when the seed comes to fruition and then the harvest in the Fall. Winter is the time of death, preparing for the resurrection to new life – life renewing itself in a radical transformation. The Good News proclaims that Life ultimately conquers death – and Jesus proclaimed time and again that He came to bring life not death. And we are conscious of this miracle of life, renewing itself in and through all of creation.
SAINT PAUL WRITES IN THE FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS:
“But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never understand. We’re not all going to die – but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen; everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:
Death swallowed by triumphant life!
Who got the last word, Oh Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?
This has been the ongoing story for billions of years and we have a part in it. We look backward and see the hand of God. We observe creation always becoming; from the very simple to the very complex. The Scriptures speak to us – to creation – reminding us that we are created in God’s image -male and female, created in the image of God. We are given the gift of the freedom to choose life or death, light or darkness. We are, like Jesus, human but with the divine Spirit residing within us. We are given the gift of choice – realizing that choosing life also calls us to accept ongoing responsibility for caring for creation. Death and darkness reside in those who choose death do not always realize our choice. A sign of choosing stagnation and death is existing in a world where only the “I” exists. We place ourselves as gods, looking to be fed and not caring about the rest of humanity or creation. We exist in a sense of loneliness and laziness, looking for others to care for us always and meet our little needs. We surround ourselves with things – and make others into things to use up and spit out.
To choose life, on the other hand, requires that we look out of our small world and see the miracle of creation with a sense of awe. Jesus claimed that He came to bring life and he called others to proclaim life through their lives. To open our eyes and ears to see and hear the presence of Spirit of God within all that has been, is now, and becoming. In this miracle of understanding, we are able to understand that we are connected – that we are a product of stardust. We are then called to walk with all of creation; with all of humanity; understanding that our “family” is as wide as the Cosmos. When we engage in the struggle to expand our vision, we look to who we help one another; each with unique and special gifts that add to the whole. We then begin to understand that we are called to care. for one another and our home; planet earth and all of creation.
We also recognize that while the journey of life is a struggle and demanding, we also recognize that God walks with us and is faithful to His creation becoming. The Cosmos; our Galaxy and our Earth were formed in violence and resurrection moments. The promise of life is demanding and painful: birth itself is painful and engaged in the struggle to grow to fruition and harvest. We realize that refusing to choose leads to stagnation and death, while choosing life is demanding and requires trust in the living God. Life gives us consciousness and the freedom to choose. To live, we are called to climb the mountain and experience the living God as Moses did. We are then called to walk across the desert; to join together on the journey to the promised land and not to give up. The journey is dangerous, difficult and requires that we do it together, letting that Spirit of God come alive within us as a community where we are fed, healed, and embraced, and in turn feeding healing and embracing all others – brothers and sisters; all children of the one God.