Mercy,
A Chance
for Life

 

Reconciliation with the Earth and the Universe

Day 20: Friday, week 3

 

A New Dimension

The new creation story, an evolving universe makes us aware that the ‘mystical Christ’, often named the ‘universal Christ’, the ‘Cosmic Christ’, is the all-pervading presence of God as manifest in the universe which existed from all eternity (Col 1:15-20; Eph 1:3ff.; Jn 1:1-5, 10). This perception of Christ has its roots in the historical person of Jesus in his birth, in his mission, in his death and resurrection. As Teilhard de Chardin notes: If we disconnect ‘the universal Christ’ from being an authentic expression of the Christ of the Gospels, we reduce Christianity to a ‘philosophy’ like any other. Its force and vitality are lost.

Deep within rises a new understanding of the Incarnation of Jesus, Emmanuel: God with us (Mt 1:23). In the fully human life of Jesus, we see the incarnation of God affirming the sacredness of all humanity, all creation.

Jesus is the head and heart of the Body of Christ which unites us as members. This Jesus is the Christ in whom Paul noted that “all things in heaven and earth were created. … All things have been created through him and for him … in him all things hold together” (Col 1:15-20).

The Book of Revelation takes up this theme, describing Jesus, the Word of God, as the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Rev 22:12). For Teilhard de Chardin, the Omega, the end point of this process is the final point where the law of universal love will have reached its climax and its crown: Christ.

Consciousness of an emerging universe leads us also to speak differently of life after death. Rather than imaging this life as ‘eternal rest’ we sense that following our physical death we will be alive in the Communion of Saints, caught up, engaged, in the mystery of the risen Christ’s working to bring the universe to fulfillment at the end of time (Eph 1:10).

 

Reflection

What is my response to government decisions to establish guidelines that:

  • control the life and death of the human person?
  • exploit human resources that destroy our eco-systems that support life?
 

Prayer

We rejoice that the Spirit of God alive in us
and around us guides us “in responsibly living
God’s creating grace as a blessing for ourselves,
for others, and for the earth we inhabit.”
In the process God makes all things work
together for good (Rom 8:26-28).

We pray that God’s Spirit will continually
renew the face of the earth (Ps 104),
in the conviction that God’s Spirit hovers
maternally over the waters of creation
birthing the universe, all creation and
humankind into existence, and will
forever be the source of all life.

 

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