Before anything came to be, Christ was,
and the universe is held together by Christ.
Salvador Dali's large picture of the Last Supper has Jesus and the disciples in a more or less traditional pose around a long table. Above them, however, is the Risen Christ, head, shoulders, and arms outstretched the length of the painting, as if embracing all. I think of this all-embracing Christ when I read the hymn in the first chapter of St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians (1:12-20.) Teilhard de Chardin found in this hymn his notion of Christ as the beginning and end of evolution, guiding its progress and enveloping the whole cosmos in the Divine.