Bits of Elsewhere

Around the feast of the Assumption every summer, we earthlings can witness the cosmic display of the Perseid Meteor Shower, this year August 11, 12, and 13. “Bits of elsewhere” was a cosmologist’s description of meteorites crashing into our atmosphere.

“Bits of elsewhere” connect us with the cosmos and well might describe our heavenly connections through grace. Through faith we share in the life of the risen Christ, the cosmic Christ whose inclusive love extends through time and space without limits.

The awe we might feel catching a view of the meteor shower is a human response to the wonders of creation. The Wisdom tradition of scripture depicts the Word of God as playing in the world as it is created.

Perhaps August is the time to read John’s Gospel which begins cosmically at the beginning of time.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God!

This profound theological statement about the Cosmic Christ presented in the poetic form of a liturgical hymn is a triumphant proclamation. Imagine, the daring proclamation is about the crucified Christ, the Lamb of God, who now takes away the sins of the world.

The Word is the Wisdom of God: Wisdom has a spirit that pervades all things, weaving connections, holding everything together. Her spirit is holy, subtle, benevolent, steadfast, all powerful, oh, and subtle (Wis. 7:22-23) Wisdom’s power is providential arranging the universe harmoniously, reaching to the ends of the earth—and of the cosmos—ordering all things well. (Wis. 8:1)

No wonder Wisdom is called the “fashioner” or “artisan” of all things, indeed, the mother of all good things. (Wis. 7:22; 8:6). As the psalms say: You have knit me in my mother’s womb. So Wisdom knows us through and through and is our life, our sweetness and our hope. She might remain hidden from us unless we seek her.

There is no escaping Christ’s redemption. It is cosmically encompassing. Nothing and no one is exempt from salvation. Yet all of us and all creation still yearn for complete renewal, the mystery that is unfolding in every moment. Let us have the faith of the blind man in John, let us have the courage of the Samaritan woman proclaiming the Messiah is here; and the acumen of Martha discussing implications of Christ’s resurrection promises; let us have the love of Mary of Magdala who fearlessly seeks the body of the murdered Jesus to treat it with honor, the only service she assumes she can perform for her Lord. Let us have the hope of Mary that she would, indeed, rejoin her Son in the life to come.

All you disciples of Jesus
 in John’s Gospel,
intercede for us
 so that we will have
a heightened consciousness
of bits of elsewhere,
our heavenly connections.
Pray for the deepening in grace
 of our faith, hope, and love
 and enable our search
for the risen Christ among us
--in the stars
and in each other--
 to achieve a powerful reality.