Our Common Life…

“The world as we know it is on the brink of disintegration, on the verge of dissolution.”

-Charles Krauthammer
-The Washington Post, October 6, 2011

It seems that scientists at CERN, the agency that operates that giant supercollider in Switzerland, think they may have discovered a subatomic particle that can actually travel faster than light. If they are correct, everything we think we have learned about physics since Einstein may be wrong. Think about it. If the speed of light is not the absolute limit we thought it was, then maybe nothing we have come to assume about the physical world is correct; maybe William Butler Yeats was just as right as Krauthammer

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…

-William Butler Yeats
-The Second Coming (1919)

Times are hard for many of us right now. Prices may be high, but the harvest is bad. Mortgage rates are at an all time low, but we have no jobs. Food and gas prices keep going up while real wages are going down. Our children are off fighting a war in Afghanistan while Afghanis continue to blow themselves up to force us to leave. For many of us it probably does seem like anarchy is loose, that things we have relied on our whole lives have suddenly turned to sand and slipped through our fingers. What if the center really can’t hold?

In the midst of all this doom and gloom, isn’t it somehow comforting to know that even if the center cannot hold there is something, at least, that can—our faith; our faith in each other, our faith in the institution of the church and, most of all, our faith in Jesus buy cialis 10mg Christ.

This is not the first time someone’s world has come crashing down upon, not the first time it seemed there was only faith to bear the burden. Remember the plight of Paul when he wrote the letter we call 2 Timothy: imprisoned, in ill-health, abandoned by friend and supporter alike. It would have been oh so very easy to sink into the morass of self-pity, to don the stifling cloak of depression. But he didn’t. He was sustained by his faith and even in the midst of his troubles he found, in his faith, the strength to pen these words:

“You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus….

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. The saying is sure:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

“Remind them of this, and warn them before God….”
(2 Timothy 2: 1-14a).


Maybe the world is on the brink of disintegration; maybe the center cannot hold; but our faith can.

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