Our Assistant Curate Writes.
As I edited together the April magazine, the sad new of the death of Stephen Hawking was announced on the radio. Undoubtedly the most prominent cosmologist of the late 20th century, his intelligence, wit, and living out of the effects of motor neurone disease endeared him to many outside his academic field. His wonder and enthusiasm for universe, for the scale and grandeur, for the unimaginable time that it has all existed, making our own world and lives look but small and fleeting in comparison is something many will have shared, perhaps after reading his ever popular A brief history of time.
This sense of wonder and awe can be seen in churches across the country this year, currently at Leicester Cathedral you can go and see a giant moon on display, whilst Peterborough has just won a bid to display in August the Soyuz capsule that took Tim Peak into space in 2015. Indeed, if we turn to scripture we can see these themes as psalm 8 wonders “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them”. For Christians, the greatness of the universe reflects the one who created it.
Yet even with this great magnitude of difference , we can affirm that God is mindful of us, that in the person of Jesus, all that lies behind the majesty of the universe, emptied himself of that and became human, living among us. At Easter we celebrate his death and resurrection, which we believe has consequences throughout the entire cosmos, remaking and reshaping things. More significantly it has implications for us, that the one who made all has found to bridge the gap between what seems small, and that which cannot be measured. When I consider the works of the heavens, I am mindful that wonderful as it is, it is still less than the wondrous love God shows us at Easter. May some of that wonder be yours this month.