Ever since the Big Bang, approximately 13.5 billion years ago, the cosmos has been constantly growing and changing; dying and in dying giving birth to the new; never losing that which went before, but always adding and becoming more complex. From that instant until this moment in time, we observe the accelerating expansion of the universe, with trillions of stars, planets and galaxies, connected by Dark Matter. That which dies, constantly gives way to new forms. Life as we know it, is filled with energy becoming conscious and aware.
Creation is a verb, describing the ongoing struggle to become new, reaching beyond the moment. Matter is energy forming and reforming, becoming conscious and curious. Death and Resurrection are two sides of the same coin; they are intertwined and connected at the core.
Our lives are filled with the seasons of life. We anticipate and celebrate the seasons of birth, the Spring coming forth from the winter where everything appears dead, but is in fact, pregnant with new life. The new life comes to fulfillment in the summer followed by the harvest and once again the winter. The seeds are there for life to spring forth. As we are born into our own time and place, we begin to grow; we are born curious about life and the world that we live in. We are curious about our origins and our destiny. We are life becoming conscious of itself. The seeds are there buried within the origin of the universe itself. We are surprised at life and afraid of death. We are afraid of loneliness and being dependent. We struggle with life and death – in positive and negative ways. We grasp everything that we can that helps create the illusion that we are in charge – while working to appease the angry gods or the Angry God.
However the words of Saint Paul give us comfort. In his 1st letter to the Corinthians, he writes: “But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die – but we are all going to be changed. You hear the 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 story for billions of years and we have a part to play in this story. We look backward and see the hand of God. We observe creation always becoming. In our faith, we find God – the Creator – becoming one with creation and creation becoming one with the Creator. This is the Good News that we proclaim – the Good News that Jesus proclaimed to those of his time and place to share with generations to come. We are co-operators – sharing responsibility for the ongoing creation. As Creation becoming conscious, we are called to look around – to observe and to understand that everything that is, is connected – and that we share in the responsibility for life in all of it’s manifestations. We are the seeds come to fulfillment and called to scatter the seeds of new life coming to be.