May 14, 2023
Sister Ana Cloughly, OSB shares a reflection on the scripture readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21
Jesus said to his disciples, “If you love me, you will follow my commandment, and I will ask the Father to send another advocate to be with you forever.” These words spoken by Jesus express his desire for his followers to seek a deeper understanding of the world and the divine, to keep the primary commandment found in the Gospel of John and to never feel alone or abandoned by God.
In recent years, many scientists have turned to the study of quantum physics as a means of gaining a deeper understanding of the universe. At first glance, the connection between quantum physics and Jesus’ teachings may seem tenuous. However, upon closer examination, it becomes clear that there are many parallels between the two.
One of the key concepts in quantum physics is the idea of interconnectedness. In quantum physics, it is known that particles can be connected in ways that are not yet understood. This interconnectedness is basic in Jesus’ teachings, which stress the importance of loving one another and treating all people with kindness and compassion. By recognizing our physical and spiritual interconnectedness with others, we can begin to see the world in a new light, one in which we are all connected and bound together in a web of love and compassion.
Another important concept in quantum physics is the idea of uncertainty. In quantum physics, it is understood that the behavior of particles is inherently uncertain and cannot be predicted with complete accuracy. Similarly, Jesus’ teachings emphasize the importance of faith and trust in God, even in the face of uncertainty. By embracing uncertainty and trusting in God’s plan, we can find a sense of peace and purpose in the midst of life’s challenges and difficulties.
Finally, both quantum physics and Jesus emphasize the idea of transformation. In quantum physics, it is believed that particles can exist in multiple states simultaneously and can change their properties based on the observer’s perspective. Similarly, Jesus calls us to transform ourselves and the world around us through acts of love and kindness. By embracing this transformative power, spoken of as the “Advocate” in today’s gospel reading, we can become closer in our relationship with God and agents of change in the world, helping to bring about a more just and compassionate society.
While the connection between quantum physics and Jesus’ teachings may seem unlikely, a closer examination reveals many parallels between the two. Interconnectedness, uncertainty, and transformation are all key concepts in both quantum physics and Jesus’ teachings, reminding us of the importance of seeking a deeper understanding of the world and the divine. By embracing these concepts and the “Advocate”, we can become more compassionate, loving, and transformative individuals, helping to create a better world for all.