July 21, 2022
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Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P
WHEN I BEHOLD
Continuing to Observe
The International Day of Peace
By Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
Picture by NASA
Deep Space may not be the final frontier after all. Instead, our fascination with the Universe is our final frontier. Ever since the James Webb Space Telescope transmissions arrived on Earth, we have paused from our violent and confusing ways to ponder and be amazed if not stunned.
NASA released the first photos on July 12, 2022. The James Webb telescope is now one million miles out in Space, seeing what no one in history has seen before. The ingenuity, creativity, and persistence that made this happen is a testimony to the nobility of the human mind. We stand in awe of the technology and the the people who made this moment in history possible.
The James Webb Space Telescope has the capacity to see 13.6 billion light years away. Yet, the grandeur of the
Universe still exceeds its capacity to see. These giant steps are humble as we continue our journey into the World around us. In relation to the Universe, James Webb is seeing but a grain of sand.
A friend shared his first thoughts when viewing the first Webb photos. He said it made him feel tiny, insignificant in the vastness and mystery of Space. But, interestingly, another friend had a very different response. She felt amazed, blessed, transformed and hopeful.
The splendor of the Universe around us is our home. It is ours to behold. Our capacity for amazement, adventure, and discovery invite us to reconsider the age-old questions concerning the meaning of our existence.
The dancing galaxies, the wondrous stars, and the expanse of deep Space touch our minds, hearts, and souls. Perhaps all this beauty, all this mystery, and all this splendor invite us to care for one another as precious gifts created by the powers of the Universe. Our significance is born by the fact we were created by the forces and grandeur we now see.
Much like the first time we circled the Moon, James Webb invites us to open the Scripture and join
the ancient Hebrew poet as she signs:
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
who are we that you are mindful of us,
your beloved that you care for us?
(Psalm 8: 3-4)
Blessings to you, Holy Community, for looking up into the heavens. Blessings to you for beholding the splendor of
creation, revealing the beauty of God. Remember God blesses you when a star is born, galaxies dance, mystery unfolds.
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