Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, ‘To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’” vs. 13Revelation 5:11-14
When we read the book of Revelation our little minds are overstimulated by John’s visionary account of heavenly happenings, and it’s easy to get caught up in apocalyptic thinking. Some even imagine that they can find predictions of contemporary events in its pages. Others are tempted to ignore the book and wish that it weren’t a part of our scriptures. What we often fail to appreciate is John’s perspective on the creation’s interconnectedness. He saw clearly that all creatures, not only humans, have a stake in what takes place in Christ Jesus. In his vision the great chorus of the heavens includes chimps and worms, sea urchins, tanagers, and spiders. All creatures of our God and King join in the great song of blessing and honor and glory and might! Life in the universe is not all about us! Life is sacred wherever it is found–that’s why St. Francis addressed the sun and moon as brother and sister. That’s why he went into the forests and proclaimed the good news to robins and squirrels. What blessings come when our eyes are opened to the presence of God in the living creatures who share this planet and the worlds beyond!
Thought for the Day: When have I heard living creatures praising God?