“The world is charged with the grandeur of God”
Monday, 22 June 2020
The great 19th century Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) did not live to see the emergence of environmentalism and a renewed theology of creation. But his poem ‘God’s Grandeur’ presents numerous insights we need today: a sense of the human in a greater landscape, a landscape ultimately bigger than us.
Rightly so! We humans are after all parts of this earth, not – despite our frequent delusions of mastery and ownership – somehow ‘above’ it. The earth is not an inanimate object to be used, but a living organism, an interlinking of life forms from the simplest to the most complex. And all of it from the smallest microparticle to the most powerful person on earth comes from the same basic matter, following the same biological and physical principles.
And in, through and with it: God. The world is charged with God. The world is in God and God in the world. In a very deep sense when seen from that perspective the world is a real, outward and material sign of God’s presence, God’s grace. A sacrament. And we are invited to be part of it.