The universe is not a place where evolution happens; it is evolution happening. It is not a stage on which dramas unfold; it is the unfolding drama itself. This great cosmological story shows us in the deepest possible sense that we are all sisters and brothers—fashioned from the same stellar dust, energised by the same star, nourished by the same planet, endowed with the same genetic code, and threatened by the same evils. This story humbles us before the magnitude and complexity of creation. It astonishes us with the interdependence of all things, and makes us feel grateful for the lives we have. And not the least of all, it inspires us to express our gratitude to the past by accepting a solemn and collective responsibility for the future.
Loyal Rue. Philosopher
Do we look at science and conclude, “This is better than we thought! The universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant. God must be even greater than we dreamed.” When we stress the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science we might be able to draw forth untapped reserves of reverence and awe.
Carl Sagan. Astrophysicist
“In him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, in him all things hold together.”
Col: 1, 16. Today’s reading
‘When we experience the universe as Christ-soaked, when we know that the universe is both the hiding place and the revelation of God, when we grow in awareness that in Christ all things were made, our lives will reflect our oneness with every thing.’ We will be with Christ in paradise – every day.
Richard Rohr. Adapted