“The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder’s craft.”
Okay, so who is this message proclaimed to?
St. Bonaventure said that the universe communicates God’s glory, St. Thomas Aquinas said that the Almighty creates because God is good and loving. (Catechism, 293)
I think they’re right.
God creates the universe, and humanity, because God loves us and wants to adopt us; all of us. It’s that simple. (Matthew 5:45; John 1:12–14, 3:17; Romans 8:14–17; Peter 1:3–4; Catechism, 1, 27–30, 52, 1825, 1996)
Thomas Aquinas had something to say about that. (“Summa Theologica,” First Part, Question 61, via dhspriory.org)
Then there’s the possibility that we have neighbors; people with bodies, like us, but not human. Or maybe we don’t. Either way, as Walt Kelly’s Porky Pine said, “it’s a mighty sobering thought.” (December 2, 2016)
Some physicists say quantum mechanics makes more sense if we’re not, or not quite, living in the only universe.
Living in a universe that’s immensely bigger and older than Ussher’s tidy little version of a Mesopotamian model upsets some folks.
I’m not among them. I figure part of my job is appreciating God’s creation: not telling the Almighty how it should work. (September 23, 2016)
No matter where we look, God’s creation is filled with beauty and wonders that we’re just beginning to understand.
Paying attention to God’s work can’t hurt an informed faith.
“4 Indeed, before you the whole universe is as a grain from a balance, or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.
“But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook the sins of men that they may repent.
“For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.
“And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?”
What we’re learning about the scale of this universe doesn’t, I think, make God ‘more infinite.’ But I think it adds emphasis to verses like these:
“When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place –
“4What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?
“5Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor.”
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