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Sunday, 23 November 2008

A window through the universe

Ronald Knox once used the metaphor of a wall to describe the barrier that we put between ourselves and God by our pride and disobedience. He spoke of the Sacred Host as a window in that wall. St Paul said that blood of Christ broke down the "dividing wall" (Eph 2.14) just as the veil of the Temple was torn in two at the crucifixion. Knox reflected that the "glittering disc of whiteness", the Blessed Sacrament, is
"penetrated witha light of its own, a light not of this world, shining throughit from behind, as if through a window, outdazzling gold and candle-flame with a more intense radiance."
When pondering the feast of Christ the King which is celebrated today in the new calendar, I thought about the affirmation that Christ, the Eternal Word made flesh, is the "master-key" to the meaning of the universe, the eternal wisdom through which the whole universe is framed. "He is before all things and in Him all things hold together." (Col 1.17)

Christ is the Rex Universorum, the King of all things, or as we could say, the King of the Universe. The awesome power of the "big bang" and the formation of the galaxies were created through the one, simple, unchanging wisdom of Almighty God.

In that "glittering disc of whiteness", He is before us in the Sacred Liturgy, ever to be adored.
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