In continuance of our theme from before Fall Break, this image of the Fulfillment of Creation brings to light the importance of reorientation. In this image, let us focus on two components; the star and the half drawn images of creation. The star on this page could be perceived as a cross, which for believers represents the death and resurrection of Jesus. At the bottom of the page one can find half drawn depictions of creation. Why are they half drawn? One answer that can satisfy this question is sin.
In sin a person loses their sense of purpose, moving further away from what they were created for. Humanity’s sins to the earth prevent our natural resources from accomplishing their purpose to their full capacity and deprive the rest of creation from the opportunity of living to their full potential. In this image, we find that when sin is introduced the vibrant colors become dark. The entire cosmos in this depiction becomes nothingness or as St. John of the Cross would call it, the “dark night.” Thus purpose, meaning, and order are lost.
Amidst darkness, there is hope. The cross in the form of a star returns vibrant colors and life to the image. It is the cross upon which Christ has died that brings us to fulfillment. God giving of God’s self as love upon the cross restores purpose, meaning, and order. As St. Paul would preach, nothing can separate us from this love. This love reminds us that the more one strives to genuinely be one’s self, the more one becomes like Christ, who is the fullness of our creation. In order to be Christ-like, one must ultimately be one’s self, who was perfectly created from the beginning.