27 January 2021
The discovery of gravitational waves has revolutionised astronomy overnight! Their discovery has given scientists a new tool with which to explore the darker side of the Universe. By their very nature, Black Holes cannot be seen. However, the scientists were able to transform the gravitational wave into sound waves and listen to it!
They literally heard something of the interaction of these cosmic phenomena. In the olden days, astronomy was all about looking at the sky with our eye. But that cannot be done with Black Holes. Now we are able to listen to what is happening when enormous Black Holes collide.
This is the new tool which will deepen our understanding of the creation. It doesn’t surprise me that it depends on our ability to listen. Listening to the heartbeat of the Universe is the medium which we develop to enrich and deepen our relationships with others.
You can see it in two special places. The first is prayer. Like the dark side of the Universe, God cannot be seen but he has been detected through his Word, the Word made flesh and the Word contained in Scripture. Our prayer not only depends on our words but listening to the Word of God. God speaks. Often we do not listen!
The second is pastoral care. Good personal relationships are dependent upon our ability to listen to each other. This is a skill which doesn’t always come naturally to us. It requires concentration to understand what people are saying and humility to forego our desire to fill the time with our own thoughts, observations and experiences rather than theirs!