“When God manifests spirit through matter, then matter becomes a holy thing. The material world is the place where we can comfortably worship God just by walking on it, loving it, and respecting it. Everything visible, without exception, is the outpouring of God. What else could it really be? The incarnation is not only “God becoming Jesus.” It is a much broader event, which is why John’s Gospel first describes God’s presence in the general word “flesh” (John 1:14). This is the ubiquitous Christ that we continue to encounter in other human beings, in a mountain, a blade of grass, a spider web, or a starling.” (Richard Rohr)
The manifestation of God in matter is the basis of finding God in all things–the Christ of the universe alive in every detail of the universe. It is the source of our unity and the end point of our existence–that we become one in Christ.
My prayer is that we open our hearts to this presence of Christ, this call to unity, this belief in the holiness of all creation, especially as we face issues of racism in our country and around the world, “that they may be one.”
It is an encounter with the spirit of Christ in creation that underlies what I try to do with my photography–to communicate a sense of the wonder and beauty, simple and complex, ephemeral yet abiding, of the world we are privileged to inhabit.
“Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome.” (Psalm 47:1-2)