Friday, November 18, 2016

Christ Is All

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.  

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