The God Particle

The God Particle

Romans 1:19-20

"But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of God's divine being." (The Message)

Reflection by Daniel Randall

The recent announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson particle has both scientific and religious communities abuzz. Labeled "the God particle" by some, the Higgs boson apparently helps us understand why there are things – even us in the universe. It explains why there is mass. It lays out why we have sticks and stones, planets and pets, stars and super glue. Simply explained, the Higgs boson may be the "glue" according to some scientists, which holds everything together.

It is a fantastic discovery, to be sure.  I know most scientists and religious folk are wary of the "God particle" label. But some scientists have put the "signature data" of this particle to music. It sounds mirthful and creative. It reminds me of the lyrics to the 5th verse of the wonderful hymn, Bring Many Names by Brian Wren. "Young growing God, eager on the move, saying no to falsehood and unkindness, crying out for justice, giving all you have, Hail and Hosanna, young growing God." You can listen to it here.

St. Paul was spot on when he said we see the evidence of God in nature. I love a stroll on a New England beach or a walk in my neighborhood. These help ground me and renew me. But mostly I revel in people, in personalities. In relationship, we can all name and claim things like love, faith, justice and peace. For me, it is relationships and people - friends, foes, family and other folk that are my glue. I know God through them, but maybe this "wink" from science is another way to revel in the Holy Mystery. Thanks be to God for science, thanks be to God for people and personality.


Open our eyes, Loving Creator, so we can see we are all glued together by a mystery – a mystery that is always giving all you have.

About the Author
Daniel B. Randall is the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church, UCC in Bristol, Rhode Island, founder of America's oldest Fourth of July celebration.

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