In an interesting change of pace for Diocesan Synod, we watched a film together on Friday night.  While we were teased briefly with some sort of high-adventure dinosaur flick, the film chosen was Earth: the Biography.  It was interesting, and beautiful, and the host had that sexy accent going on.  One favourite bit was the assertion that one of the vital elements that allowed for the evolution of complex life on our little hunk of rock was Jupiter.

The argument (as I recall it) was that life here depends on occasional catastrophes to shake our development out of an evolutionary rut.  Too few major meteorite collisions, and we’d have stalled out before leaving the oceans.  Too many, and there’s no time for something new to establish itself before it is wiped out.  And it is Jupiter, our immense neighbour, that limits the frequency with which we are bombarded with space debris.  Jupiter’s HUGE gravitational pull causes her to draw that debris into herself, protecting us from more frequent collisions.

“I’ll sleep better tonight” I tweeted during the screening, “knowing that Jupiter’s got our back”.

And I find myself now wondering about this as a model for what I do here, in the Parish.  It could be argued that the collar,  and the institutional authority it represents, give me a larger gravitational pull.  So here I am, circling the many ministries of this place, drawing fire.

Attack us if you must- but attack me.  Because something precious and rare and unique and beloved of God is busy growing. And I’d rather it not be disturbed.


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