Everything has a beginning. Everything has an end.
It is not a bad idea to recall from time to time when we came into the world. We know our birth date and so we can estimate the approximate date of our conception.
Our parents ‘came together’ and God, being with them, created from nothing our soul and spirit. We don’t really know how it works, because it is beyond science, what great thinkers call ‘metaphysics.’
We don’t know the date of our death, but we should from time to time contemplate our death.
For believers, it is the moment when we ‘fall into the arms of God’ in one great act of trust. He will carry us through the ‘gate of death’ on our journey to eternal, resurrected life with the Blessed Trinity.
Paul is talking about ‘the beginning’ today, but with a deeper meaning:
Jesus is the Beginning, the first born from the dead (Colossians 1).
Paul is taking us back to Genesis:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Jesus is interchangeable with ‘the beginning.’ In fact, Jesus is the beginning. So substituting Jesus for ‘the beginning’ we get:
In Jesus, God created the heavens and the earth.
Does this help us understand the theological and spiritual meaning of ‘the beginning’ a little better?
For all created reality is created in and through Jesus. All created reality has a ‘touch’ and a ‘feel’ of Jesus about it, but especially we human beings made in the image and likeness of God.
Can we feel a deeper love, affection and reverence for all created reality being aroused within us by the Spirit?