|Despite my first reactions, I am now grateful the dog woke us up in the middle of the night last week and I got to see the eclipse. I’d been so busy that I missed all the news about it. Friends of mine who were paying attention set alarms and woke up in the middle of the night to see it. I had to be dragged out of bed by a crying dog to get my attention to this rare event. As I stood there looking at the night sky, I was reminded of just how small I am, just how small this world is and just how big and how beautiful the Universe is, all of it a gift from the God of Creation.
The thing that grounds me the most in my faith is being in Creation. Whether it is the beach or my garden, or a recent trip to the mountains – seeing the beauty of Creation always reminds me that we worship a God of love, of grace, of joy and of abundance. Like many of you, I am struggling these days with all that is going on. Covid-19 continues to bring death and destruction, and we have barely begun to mourn what has been lost. The trial and then full acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse is devastating in every way. The wastefulness and selfishness of world “leaders” at the COP26 a few weeks ago in Glasgow, Scotland is enraging. Their fecklessness and ignoring of the gift of Creation, putting greed and personal gains ahead of the futures of generations to come is cause for weeping and despair. So much conspires against God’s joyful abundance these days.
Our role, our call to be the Church in these times is clear. We are not just called to preach hope, but truth. To name evil when it arises, and to hold out the moral calling we cling to. Peace, justice, love of the Creation and all her creatures and people. If Jesus Christ is King, as we just celebrated yesterday, then he is King of all Creation. If Jesus Christ is King, he is also King of all salvation. If Jesus Christ is King, then he is also the Prince of Peace. What does the Lordship of Christ mean in your life? What does it compel you to do and to be? What does it say to the Church?