I am pregnant. Don’t laugh, so are you! It does not make any difference how old you are, As the Gospel of Luke tells us, “But they were childless because Elizabeth could never conceive, and now they were quite old.” and then miracle of miracles, she conceived and gave birth to John. It does not make any difference if you are male or female; a child, middle aged or old; it does not make any difference what your ethnic or racial heritage is; whether or not you are rich or poor, highly educated or not. You and I are pregnant with life coming to be. We are part of a miracle coming to be.
Saint Paul wrote a letter to the Romans. and taught them and us. “All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer w wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful the expectancy.”
We able to look backward and observe somewhat the ongoing creation by the stories that tell us of the growing awareness or consciousness of creation. We observe the remnants of the Big Bang and become aware of time unfolding and evolution becoming conscious and aware in stages of growth. We can see through the glass darkly; we can observe the mystery of creation and realize that we are part of that. Energy becoming matter, and always growing in complexity from simple elements of hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen begin to join together – the development of simple atoms holding neutrons, protons and electrons in relationship with each other, constantly growing and becoming more complex. We realize that the seed of our development and existence lies in the same substance of the stars.
We then begin to see the development of that seed into life itself; from single celled to multi-celled organisms; growing and developing, become more and more complex. In more recent times, we become aware of the movement from the sea to land, constantly reaching beyond itself. The grand diversity of life becoming more and more complex and conscious over billions of years. We read the story of life in the earth itself, through the pages of fossil laid down into the very earth that we walk. We see the evidence of our ancestors everywhere.
As we trace the cultural development from hunting/gathering, and following the food into a culture of agriculture and the development of towns, cities and states and the concurrent development of numbers and an alphabet and writing. This constant pressure on the development of the human species moved from physical complexity to cultural complexity, allowing humanity to move out throughout the world and struggle to survive. Some five hundred years ago printing was invented and once again humanity continued to spread throughout the world and to explore the universe from our own spaceship earth. As we moved about, diversity became the norm in the ongoing development of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity. We continue today, reading the story of our journey – and attempting to understand it. We look not just to the past, but as we stand in the midst of the wonder of creation coming to be; we wonder about our future. Where have we come from? Who are our ancestors and what is their story? What is the story that we are writing? Where are we gong? We ask these questions on both the individual and on the cultural levels – like those before us – looking up into the heavens and wondering.
When we read the Gospels, we read the stories of a nation and of one man. In our faith, we observe that in this person, we move beyond the physical awareness of evolution and begin to explore the realm of consciousness – that goes beyond the level of the basic fundamentals of instinctive behavior to the new level of being conscious. – free to choose to move beyond the physical and intellectual to the spiritual. We can begin to move from self-centeredness to consciousness of the other. We begin to understand that all of life is connected; to the cosmos, to the universe, to our world, and to all of life.
Creation is in the pangs of a new birth and we are part of that. The old is dying and the new is being born. We are once again immersed in the story of the crucifixion and the resurrection. Throughout the history of the cosmos constantly coming to be and of our own universe, the new has been born only in the letting go of the old; of the pain and struggle of what used to be so that physical evolution could become aware of the mind and to begin to explore new worlds. Finally, we come to a point in history where we learn that we are free to choose life or death – we can understand our choices and move beyond instinct to choose life – to experience the spirit that resides in the core of all creation and therefore within each plant, each animal, and all of humanity. We are given the power to participate in the ongoing creation or not – we are free to see all of life and all of creation as sacred and holy or as simply something for us to use for our own needs and then to discard; to build a gigantic garbage dump. The scriptures tell us that we are created in the image of God – and are given the gift to accept life or death. We; all of creation; is pregnant with life. You, me and more than 13 billion other humans have that power. The gift of consciousness calls us out of our self-centeredness to actively participate in life and to become life givers to each other. That is the Good News – and that is our choice, knowing that the God of creation walks with us, calling us to life.
To choose life, we are required to move outside of ourselves and engage in building relationships with all life in all of its forms. We need to respect our responsibility to others for clean air, water and earth. We are required to learn how to listen carefully to creation groaning; to one another and to understand that each of us exists in one place and time and yet are connected to all. We need to learn to build bridges and tear down walls, understanding that none of us knows everything about anything and that we depend on one another. We receive the gift of life and are called to recognize that we are called to share this life with all. Finally, we can relax a bit and understand that that spirit of life continues to lead us, allowing us to make mistakes and do stupid things, but at the same time learning about unintended consequences; that there are consequences for everything; for every choice that we make or fail to make.