The Theory and Truth of Life

The Theory and Truth of Life

Long after his death, Albert Einstein remains a cultural icon. Yet, very few people can actually identify what he did to achieve this status. On the other hand, Monseigneur Georges Lemaitre, a Belgian Catholic Priest, is completely unknown. Ironically, his work remains as culturally recognizable as Einstein’s name. Matter of fact, it’s one of the most popular shows on television, The Big Bang Theory.

People don’t remember Einstein’s work because few of us deal with theoretical physics, cosmology and astrophysics. However, his theory of relativity transformed these fields of study and opened the door to the nuclear age. It radically increased our understanding of life.

Working in the Vatican Observatory, Monseigneur Lemaitre developed the Big Bang Theory which led to the Expanding Universe Theory. Both of these were born out of the work of Albert Einstein. Matter of fact, they confirmed critical elements to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Imagine, an agnostic scientist with Jewish roots and a Catholic priest broadened our modern comprehension of life.

Today’s reading talks about life and truth. Life is complicated and can mean a million different things from tiny atoms, to scientific theory, to emotions, physical movement, spirituality, mental health and, ultimately, eternal life. Often fields of physics, medicine, psychology, and theology can seem to compete with each other for the truth.  However, the ultimate truth, whether in science or faith, is somewhere out in the future. Sometimes it feels elusive to both fields of study.

The Nicene Creed gives words to express what Christians believe. It helps me understand the complexity of life, both of science and faith. “We believe in one God…maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.” God is the life woven into all things, seen and unseen. The fullness of this life is found in the Son. To breathe in this life is to exist. To believe in this life transforms the soul with hope, joy and love.

Click to read: 1 John 5: 5-13

Reflection Questions:

  • What has helped expand your understanding of life?
  • Where do you find truth? Where do you find more questions than truth?
  • How do the words of the Creed make you feel about life?
  • Where do you experience a transformed soul through faith?

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