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Living, dying and rising of Jesus Christ brings hope in the ‘circle of life’

      Spring always makes me think of atheists. Weird, right?

      Anyone who gardens, or who truly understands and loves nature, will tell you that NOT believing in God, in a higher power, is either born out of stubbornness or an inattentiveness to creation.

      In creation, we see the power of the cycle of life. Our entire world demonstrates. day-in, day-out, that there is a cyclical rhythm to nature that can’t be denied. For those of you squirming right now with the thought that I might be on the brink of a pantheistic heresay, I assure you I’m not. I do, however, believe our God intended nature and the universe to serve as great example of the awesome circle of our lives, and I’ll tell you why.

      Trees bud, flower and die, only to come alive each spring. Day turns into darkness, but no one would bet on the side that the sun won’t rise again each morning. Waters of the seas and lakes rise and recede in in time with the cycles of the moon. Crops grow, give forth their harvest but, in dying, give off their seeds, which will provide new life yet again.

      Our planets and moons revolve around our sun in their continual dance, their own cycle of life. What we see is amazing, the scope of which is incomprehensible. And yet look at the heavens one dark and clear starlit night. What you gaze at is only the tiniest of specks in God’s vast universe. Listen to the quiet; hear the voice of God whispering to all of creation.

      You know where else you will hear God’s voice: in the cry of a newborn baby entering the world; in the laughter of children playing on a warm summer day; in the embrace of young lovers as they gaze into each other’s eyes; in the gentle touch of a friend in a time of need; and in the final breath taken by one who is being called home.

      You might remember the theme song from the popular movie, “The Lion King,” written by Elton John and Tim Rice entitled “The Circle of Life.”

      “From the day we arrive on the planet, and blinking, step into the sun,

      There's more to be seen than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done…

      There's far too much to take in here, more to find than can ever be found…

       But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky keeps great and small on the endless round.
       It's the Circle of Life and it moves us all through despair and hope, through faith and love,

       till we find our place on the path unwinding in the Circle of Life.”

      I think of this often: For anyone who pays the slightest attention to the world around us, life and nature are cyclical, not linear. What a stroke of utter and ultimate genius by our Master Planner! Everything is created with such love, such thought and deliberation and such an eye to the future! How could anyone believe that life is lived and then it’s simply over? Look around, that’s simply not how nature works. Why should it be any different for humans?

      This is part of the grand message of Easter. Jesus has shown us that yes indeed, there is a circle of life we can believe it. He has manifested hope out of great despair; life out of death. In this greatest act of love by our God, the sacrifice of his only Son, God proves to us once, and for all, that death never has the final word. Death is powerless in the light of this great love.

      Jesus has risen!  In that hope – in that belief – lies our hope. Step onto that “endless round” and know that we, too, will continue to live forever in God’s love.

     Debbie Bosak is the editor and general manager of Northwest Indiana Catholic publications and a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Merrillville. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

     

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