From the Backroom Theologian: This Sunday is Doubting Thomas Sunday. It is a fitting lesson to follow Easter Sunday. But it is the Epistle that brings power to this Sunday’s lessons. Revelation 1: 4-8 boldly states the nature of our God from a “big picture” perspective. It reads:
“Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come…Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
The New Testament was written almost 2000 years ago. It was written with the knowledge available at the time and using what literary tools were available to make people understand hard concepts. In my humble opinion, this passage has gained strength and power over the years as we have become more aware and knowledgeable of the nature of the universe and the nature of our God.
I am the Alpha and Omega who is and who was an who is to come. He is the God of technology. He is the God on an infinite universe. He is the God microbiology. He is the God of atomic energy. He is the God of artificial intelligence. He is the God of chemical and mechanical engineering. The God of theoretical physics. He is the God of the internet. He is the God of sub-atomic particles and God of the black holes and stars and the Big Bang. He is the beginning and the end, and everything in between.
Imagine all the advances of human kind over the past 2000 years…He is the God of all of it. Yet he humbled himself to become a carpenter in dirty and dusty Judea…and to show people the way with a message that resonates still through the vastness of time... all that is the Alpha and Omega.
The Catholic prayer says: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. World without end. Amen.
Maybe we should say it more in the Episcopal Church.