We are the weather (the creative title
for a new book) succinctly evokes our interdependence with nature.
recently published research suggests that less
than half the cells in our bodies are human: the majority of our body’s cells
are everything from air in our lungs and fungi on our skin to bacteria in our
gut and viruses in our blood.We are an
ecosystem.The boundary between us and the rest of nature is nowhere near as sharp as we might have thought.
evoke is more immediate and fresh than the well valued reminder that we are all star dust, all made up only
of elements first created in the stars.
observation which I tripped across this week renews that image for me as well.It is that the instinct of the alchemists was
right.Gold can be made from base metal.In fact, all the gold we have was so made in the nuclear reactions at
the centre of past stars.All the
alchemists lacked was a realisation that their work on this planet could never
be sufficient to begin to replicate the process.
I want God
to make my baseness golden.It turns out that this is a real possibility - yet a possibility which earth-bound
resources cannot alchemise.Which, of
course, takes me back to the beginning of George Herbert’s Easter
Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou
With him mayst rise:
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more,
Meanwhile, the long needed re-wiring of St Michael's, Haworth began this week, and I am eager to see the impact of the new lighting scheme which will emerge in November
Peter Mullins used to think he had the potential to be a rather effective parish priest, and has had a spell when his job involved the in service training of other clergy, but after thirty-five years every new experience makes him realise just what he has missed and is missing.