Our Cosmic Christ

Monday’s eclipse of the Sun was exciting to see. It happened between 1:30 and 3:30 in the afternoon, while there were some puffs of clouds drifting through, allowing us to capture glimpses of the celestial event. I just happened to be at an event where someone had a piece of welding glass with him. It was amazing to see darker hews fill our space and surprising to realize how a little portion of the sun still illuminated so much of the earth. According to people who were interviewed in regions where there was total darkness, the experience was exhilarating. People spoke of feeling so very small, humbled by the magnitude of what was being revealed. There were many who were experiencing a total eclipse for the very first time. Others who were interviewed were Total Eclipse chasers and made it a point to travel and visit places all over the world, where eclipses take place. The next eclipse that is expected to stretch across North America is scheduled seven years from now, in 2024. When that was announced on the evening news, they even showed the path that it was going to take, and I could not believe my eyes. I had to stop the Television using PVR, back up the news cast and take a closer look and sure enough, the next full eclipse will be taking place on April 8th, 2024, right over Grimsby. It will begin on the West Coast of Mexico and make its way North East, going right over Hamilton/Grimsby, and out into the Maritime Provinces. When I saw that, I went to Google and looked up Easter of 2024 and noticed that Easter that year falls on March 31st. Immediately, my imagination started putting together a series of Lent sermons on our Cosmic Christ, who was there even before this world was created. What made me think of Jesus in all of this, was the darkness that came over Jerusalem the day that he was crucified, some 2000 years ago. The whole cosmos participated in this world’s darkest day, when Jesus was crucified as this world’s Messiah. I can better understand how the Roman Centurion uttered “Truly, this man was the Son of God.” A lot can happen in the next seven years and will, but I can imagine handing out welding glass squares to a parking lot full of people here at Mountainview, being light in the midst of a magnificent darkness that gives honour and glory and praise to our God.

Peter Van Geest