Vicar’s Reflection: Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December 2017
Words are instruments of meaning and power. I love the words of Psalm 96: “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” The image of a song being sung to transform the world is more than poetic it is the power of God at work in Jesus whom John calls the Word of God; and Luke tells us is: “the baby, who was lying in the manger.” In the form of a vulnerable human life the extra-ordinary Word of God was present. I believe this not just as a matter of faithful devotion but also on long and careful reflection on the nature of life and the vast universe created by God. For all its power, light, energy and scorching heat the sun is a very simple object. It is 90% hydrogen, the simplest element; 9.9% helium the next simplest element and the remaining 0.1 % includes traces of oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, silicon, magnesium, neon, iron, and sulphur. Even a grain of sand is more complex, let alone a human being. A single cell of yours is as complex as a city and much more complex than the sun or any other star in the universe. Each person has approximately 10 trillion cells, so if you were to line up all the DNA found in every cell of a human body it would stretch from the earth to the sun 100 times! And every single bit of it has meaning. In Jesus God has given us his Word of meaning and power.