Earlier this week the Mayo Clinic opened a comprehensive cancer center here at St. Vincent’s Riverside. Their physicians will do therapy and clinical trials.
I was standing by at the blessing of that new center, and I began thinking of God’s role in fitting out our bodies with healthy, non cancerous cells.
I was recalling how last year I read Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” As you know, In that epic, Dante imagined that his lady fair, Beatrice, who had gone to heaven ahead of him, was worried over the way that at thirty-five he was slipping into sinful ways.
To get Dante worried about his death and judgment, Beatrice called the poet Virgil from Limbo, asking him to take Dante on a tour of the Inferno and Purgatory. Two volumes of the Divine Comedy epic scare us with the scenes of the punishment awaiting us. Then Virgil left Dante to venture into Paradise alone.
Entered there, something puzzled Dante immensely. It was this: that although everything he saw there was new to him, it was nevertheless somewhat familiar. When he met up with Beatrice he asked her how heaven could be slightly familiar to him.
Beatrice answered, ‘All things among themselves possess an order, and this order is the form that makes the universe like God.”
Let me repeat tthat: “All things among themselves possess an order, and this order is the form that makes the universe like God.”
About God, John wrote, “All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made.”
So, God’s orderliness was the model for every atom of Oxygen in the universe. You have a billion of those atoms in your body, and a billion other creatures have as many too. Every one of those atoms had the same order implanted in them by God. Each has a nucleus of eight protons, then, along with two electrons orbiting in a near orbit, it has six electrons orbiting in an outer orbit.
There are ight notes in our musical scale, and when our singing abide by them, we have a pleasant, orderly song. But a waitress near here makes up her own notes, and that gives her an ungodly voice.
Getting back to cancer research, every cell in our bodies has the order God implanted there. If it does not, that cell is cancerous, and ungodly.