Omega

The last letter of the Greek alphabet, ωμέγα (omega), is part of a description of God in Revelation 1.8: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (NRSV). The Message translates it this way: The Master declares, “I’m A to Z. I’m The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About to Arrive. I’m the Sovereign-Strong.”

Judaism and Christianity view history as linear. The Hindu view is circular. The quantum theory of physics opens new ways of thinking about time.

Revelation 1.8 is more poetic than Einsteinian. It affirms that the Creator of the universe also is the Creator of time. It’s a relational faith claim, expressed in the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.

Whether you and I are alive for the cosmic omega, each of us experiences a personal, earthly omega. A key element of faith is trust that our physical death is not the last word: In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. I see a connection between the opus of our lives and the omega that we share, and help create, with the universe.

Omega is an undervalued faith theme because we may avoid thinking about death. Trust in a victorious, joyous omega sometimes is overshadowed by ecclesial judgments about morality and obedience.

This concludes 14 posts about “undervalued faith themes.” Since Advent means coming and the season includes a focus on the parousia, a few more posts about omega seem appropriate.

One thought on “Omega”

  1. I look forward to your additional entries about death. I have never feared it but I put any concepts about life after death in abeyance.

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