Vicar’s Reflection: Christ in all Creation, 24th November 2019.
Benjamin Franklin, an early leader of the United States put into verse an older proverb: “For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, / For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, / For the want of a horse the rider was lost, /For the want of a rider the battle was lost, / For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost, / And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
This proverb is about how one thing leads to another (causality), and all things, no matter how insignificant are connected. A thought shared by William Blake in his poem that begins: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour.” Reflecting on our theme for today, ‘Christ in all Creation’, brings out the poetic in me. This theme is threaded all through the scriptures and is explicitly stated in Colossians 2:16: “For in him (Christ) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth”. Icons of Christ Pantocrator (in all creation) are very popular in Western and Eastern art. Christians make this claim for the universal cosmic presence of Christ based on the extraordinary order and connectedness of our universe, something even the most sceptical scientists find ‘spooky’. People of faith see in this connectedness the creative power of God and the redemptive presence of Christ.