Vicar’s Reflection: Advent 2, Sunday 10 December 2017
Did St Peter know something about global warming? “That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.” 2 Peter 3.12. People of faith, both theologians and scientists speculate about how the universe will end. For scientists the main choices are between the big freeze in which the universe continues to expand until it becomes a thin cold soup; or the big crunch as the universe compresses into a hot ball again as it was at the beginning with the Big Bang. Not much to encourage us here! Whatever the fate of our present universe, for Isaiah, Peter and Jesus the main point in considering the limitations of our time-bound state is to be prepared and ready for what God has provided beyond this life for those who love and serve him. God offers us a future that is full of hope: “a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” John the Baptist was the herald who came to prepare the way for Jesus. Jesus came as God’s Son to show how we can be prepared for God’s purposes in this world and what lies beyond. Being prepared is our theme for Advent. Acting responsibly to address our concerns about global climate change is part of this call to live as disciples of Christ.