Monday, April 13, 2009

Seeking Wisdom

For my homilies over the Triduum I contrasted human and divine wisdom.
This year, although we have heard a lot about Charles Darwin, I have been struck by how little attention has been paid to his personal life. In many ways he died a broken man: he wrote that he longed for the grave in Down Churchyard. Coming from a solid philanthropical background, Darwin found his 'scientific' logic to be at odds with his heart. The man who concluded that it was folly to permit the sick to breed, found that some of his own children were weak and unhealthy. Darwin's anointed successor on the continent was Ernst Haeckel thanks to whom the concept of 'unlebenswurdig' - or life unworthy of living - first enters the German dictionary. Darwin's son Leonard became chairman of the British Eugenics Society. It is as if, in doing away with the Creator, the way had been paved for the destruction also of the creature. This is contrasted with God's love which embraces every individual and gives it worth and dignity.
On Good Friday I spoke of the folly of the Cross from a human perspective and how God's wisdom can transform even human suffering.
I developed this theme further at the Vigil. The light of the Resurrection enables us to see clearly the hand of God not just in the created world but also in the whole history of salvation. I put a particular emphasis on faith as man's response, arguing that faith isn't just a matter of believing what has been revealed but is also about putting our trust in the one who is revealed.
This year, once again we had good numbers at all our services. I was particularly pleased to see a lot of young people who had made the effort to join us.


Clare V said...

And the music was fantastic of course! :)

Fr Stephen said...

Yes Clare. It was great. Not every parish can offer a sung Passion on Good Friday!