If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature, even a caterpiller, I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature. Meister Eckhart

Sunday, December 04, 2011

THE UNIVERSE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

My brothers and sisters, our help is in the name of the eternal God,
who is making the heavens and the earth.

From the New Zealand prayer book.

Some of the folks down under have either been working with Creation Spirituality or there's a strong Celtic influence. The Irish, you see, have no creation myths. For them the universe has always existed. The closest some of the stories come to creation is the idea of shaping. Somehow the universe is being shaped, or brought into new shapes. The closest anyone can come to an answer is that the universe itself is doing the shaping and using itself to make new shapes. I know, it's enough to give you the feeling that the answer is out there. It's just out of reach and everytime you think you've caught it, it slips away.

The last line really struck me when I read it for the first time. The act of Creation isn't finished. The heavens and the earth (earths?) have been made, are being made will be made. Aging stars die, some in spectacular super novas. The blast creating and seeding the space around them with the heavy elements needed to create planets and moon. The shock of the stellar blasts forces gases to surrender to gravity and new stars are born. New universes being born: some assembly required.

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