Snow is forecast but, today, the sun is shining with a promise of Spring. Snowdrops are still in bloom, green spears of daffodil are growing taller day by day. We are privileged to be able to enjoy such beauty around us every day.
This Sunday was designated ‘Creation Sunday’. As well as recognising God as the source of creation, our readings gave rise to two thoughts:
First, there is an underlying wisdom in creation. In a passage from the book of Proverbs, the person of Wisdom speaks of being part of the creative process. Wisdom is woven into the essence of life, giving not only a physical order but a moral order. When we view the world as merely physical, perhaps as a resource to be consumed rather than a home to inhabit, then we miss a vital part of its nature.
And second, Jesus Christ is described as the “firstborn of all creation” in whom “all things hold together”. Life is not just imbued with an impersonal wisdom, it is held together by a loving creator, who, in the person of Jesus came to share our human life but, in so doing, experienced rejection and violent death.
So Jesus is also described as “the firstborn from the dead”. For many, life seems anything but wise or moral; it is hard and unfair, even a sort of living death. Death itself is something we will all experience. But we can be assured that God has been there before us. As Psalm 139 puts it:
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in the grave, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.
So, as the spring sunshine promises that winter will break out in new life, this Creation Sunday we were invited
• to share the creative life of Christ,
• to work with God to destroy the death-dealing attitude that treats others as worthless and deals unjustly with them
• to recognise that, in the biblical phrase: the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.