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Seeing His Power Unfold

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Seeing His Power Unfold

‘The almighty and most holy Word of the Father pervades the whole of reality, everywhere unfolding his power and shining on all things visible and invisible.  He sustains it all and binds it all together in himself.  He leaves nothing devoid of his power but gives life and keeps it in being throughout all of creation and in each individual creature.’

Those are St Athanasius’ words, taken from a discourse against paganism.  I wonder if he wrote it in the winter, when the sun rises and sets behind thick layers of cloud and life lies hidden in dormant plants and hibernating animals?  It is through the Winter that God most clearly ‘sustains it all and binds it all together in himself’, so we need to look more closely for the fingerprints of the Creator upon his creation.  In the Spring, however, we see God  ‘unfolding his power and shining on all things visible and invisible’.   The snowdrops are already out, in all their miniature glory, there are shoots of other Spring bulbs to follow and the birds are in good voice: the unfolding of His power is not far away.

Whether Winter or Spring, the Word of the Father pervades the whole of time and space.  The Lord of all creation ‘leaves nothing devoid of his power’… but we need eyes to see.  Let us pray that we may have the grace to see the Word of the Father ‘in each individual creature’ and in every season.

 

 

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