Thursday 22 September 2022

About Today Readings

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge – Psalm 89(90):3-6, 12-14, 17. Luke 9:7-9.

New meaning has been given to the future of creation

Scientists tell us that the universe is 13.8 billion years old. It took billions of years after the initial big bang for galaxies to form from all the swirling matter, and some billions of years more for our solar system to form, our earth to cool and plants to grow, then birds and animals and finally human beings with consciousness. With the slowness of evolving creation, it is no wonder the author of the first reading felt there is nothing new under the sun. Can anyone say ‘Look! This is something new’? We come to the Gospel and Herod says ‘I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?’ Something new has certainly happened. Jesus, the creating Word of God, has appeared on earth, fully divine and also fully human, and new meaning has been given to the ultimate future of all creation.

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