The Cosmic Christ

Lou Lotz

READ : John 1:1-5

“All things came into being through him.” (v. 3)

Planet earth is a speck of dust floating in a cosmic ocean. There are a hundred billion galaxies, each with a billion trillion stars, all drifting silently, endlessly, in the everlasting night of intergalactic space. Just in the area marked by the four stars of the Big Dipper there are a million galaxies. Galaxies!

Now think about this: the creative power that brought all this into being, and holds it all together even today, had its origin in a baby born in a barn. “He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him,” says John. That tiny fist grasping a manger straw created the cosmos. That baby, surrounded by simple shepherds and smoking piles of manure, “In him all things in heaven and on earth were created” (Colossians 1:16). All things.

If that seems hard to believe, now you know how Joseph felt. In W. H. Auden’s Christmas Oratorio, a chorus taunts Joseph: “Joseph, have you heard what Mary said occurred? Yes, it may be so. But is it likely? No.” Joseph begs for proof of Mary’s purity. But the angel Gabriel only says: “Believe. Be silent. Be still.”

Is baby Jesus the Cosmic Christ, in whom all things are created? Joseph believed with only the Word to go by. God give us grace to do likewise.

PRAYER

Lord, help me to believe, be silent, be still.