The God Particle

A few years ago, Leon Letterman published a book about the search for an elusive particle called the Higgs Boson. Physicists are still befuddled about the nick name-God particle, as it has, in their opinion, nothing to do with God or religion.

It is simply the smallest bit of matter we have ever witnessed, and it is this tiny particle which gives mass to our world. Other exotic particles like neutralinos and B_s mesons are also out there, but they don’t carry quite the same weight as the Higgs-Boson.

As I mentioned, physicists don’t like the moniker “God particle” and neither, I would imagine, do theologians. I don’t care for it, but for other reasons. Many well-intentioned believers enter into this discussion like a man in a gunfight with no bullets. All you can do is throw your gun.

My goal here is to remind readers that the physicists are right–this has nothing to do with religion, faith, God…nothing to do with these things at all. It is a wonderful discovery for science and for the better understanding of our world, but it neither proves nor disproves anything I believe related to my faith or religion.

Indeed, it puts me in more awe than I was before, by showing the incredible complexity of God’s creation. The Creator does great work!

Let’s celebrate that!

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Vicar of Christ

Protestants don’t ordinarily use the word “vicar” for anything, but it is the basis for the word “vicarious,” meaning something like a second-hand experience. A vicarious experience is one in which I did not physically participate, but which through the description of  it by someone else, I can imagine, or almost experience.

The “Vicar of Christ” is like that. The Pope is supposed to be “Jesus among us,” the presence of Christ on Earth. Pope Francis appears to be taking that seriously (not that the others didn’t, mind you) in many aspects of his first days on the job. His beginnings are marked by humility and a desire to be more of a shepherd than a holy ruler.

It reminds me of a poem by Oscar Wilde called Easter Day:

THE silver trumpets rang across the Dome:
The people knelt upon the ground with awe:
And borne upon the necks of men I saw,
Like some great God, the Holy Lord of Rome. 

Priest-like, he wore a robe more white than foam,
And, king-like, swathed himself in royal red,
Three crowns of gold rose high upon his head:
In splendor and in light the Pope passed home.

My heart stole back across wide wastes of years
To One who wandered by a lonely sea,
And sought in vain for any place of rest:
“Foxes have holes, and every bird its nest,
I, only I, must wander wearily,

And bruise My feet, and drink wine salt with tears.”

We should pray for our religious leaders, that they would all exercise some humility in the days ahead.

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Remember Me

Back in the 80’s, MacDonald’s restaurants launched an ad campaign called “Mac Tonight.” The commercials featured a singing crescent moon who crooned like a lounge singer in the style of Bobby Darin’s famous Mack the Knife. An injunction by the late singer’s estate later caused MacDonald’s to pull the ad.

It was, however, a brilliant idea. Millions of children across America, on nearly any summer night, could look up into the sky, see the real moon, and say “Hey, It’s Mac Tonight! Daddy can we go to MacDonald’s?” What a great reminder that some family time could be had down at the corner MacDonald’s! (And, inexpensively, I might add.) In effect, every crescent moon was FREE advertising!

The idea was to take something free, normal, routine, easily connected with, and turn it into a reminder of something important–in this case, hamburgers and fries with the kids.

Imagine someone taking something you do anyway, everyday– say, sitting down to dinner– and telling you “Every time you sit down and have some bread and wine…remember me.”

Get it? Gives a whole new meaning to your daily bread.

For a neat little book on the Lord’s Prayer (and prayer in general) go see:

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