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The First Sacrament
By Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.


Let all that is and was and will ever be
praise God who made everything
not just to reveal glory and power and majesty
but also to share love and life—eternally.

In him all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible
were created through him and for him.

He is before all else that is
and in him we live and move and have our being:
the farthest galaxy and nebula no more nor less
than the peacock, the peony and the porcupine.

Creation, then, is the first sacrament
instituted by Christ, through Christ
and, finding its fulfillment only in Christ,
the power that compels the heavens
to declare and the seas and all they contain
to proclaim God’s grace to all.

And so it shall be on that day
the mystic and the scientist shall meet
on the very same mountaintop,
having climbed up from opposite sides
by very different paths over many years.

They shall stand regarding one another in silence
suspicion giving way to admiration
as they exchange gifts
till arm in arm they descend
looking at the world and one another
with new eyes.

O let there be light!