15 July 2018 Bible Sunday

Vicar’s Reflection: 15 July 2018 Bible Sunday

On 4 July 2012, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announced they had each observed a new particle in the mass region around 126 GeV. This particle is consistent with the Higgs boson predicted by the Standard Model. The opening words of Psalm 19, some of which is used today as we celebrate Bible Sunday tell us: “The heavens proclaim the glory of God and the vault of the sky reveals God's handiwork./ One day speaks to another and night shares its knowledge with night.” Psalm 19:1-2. Thousands of years before anyone thought of sub-atomic particles, let alone the Higg’s boson, astute observers recognised the coherence, connectedness and consistency of the observable universe. These qualities are attributed by the writer of the Psalm to the Creator of all; to God. François Englert and Peter Higgs, the scientists who discovered the Higg’s boson were jointly awarded the Nobel prize for physics on 8 October 2013. Break out the bubbly! The last bubble has been discovered. For Christians it is cause for celebration because it confirms the proclamation in worship expressed by the Psalmist and by all who believe, that the God we know as Father, Son and Holy Spirit upholds the universe and has created it for good for us and all creation, for: “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; the instruction of the Lord is sure, and gives wisdom to the simple.” Psalm 19:7

Alex Czerwonka

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