Last evening the sun was backlighting the clouds which were gathered along the coastline looking across from Alberto’s restaurant to the sea and the mountains. The clouds and mist had taken up a scarlet hue in the heights above Puerto de la Cruz. Colours and shapes are all part of the landscape of Tenerife, and Tenerife and La Palma are some of best spots in the world to observe the sky, along with Chile and Hawaii. If we add to this characteristic the geographical situation of the world’s largest solar observatory, located at an altitude of 2,390 m, the result is that the Teide Observatory concentrates the best European solar telescopes. In the mix of all this so many people live on the island and normally there are vast numbers of tourists and visitors, but due to Covid things are quieter and less busy.
In the Book of Genesis, we are told that God created our good earth and God saw that it was good. The Canary Islands are all a part of that on-going creation. As human beings just as Tenerife was formed from a Vulcanic explosion, so we are thrust into the world through birth which is almost as traumatic and through nurture and care we too like the island are a mix of colours and at times darkness. But remember most of all that we are God’s creation, and as such whether we are on the mountains or in the valleys, God is still our God, and one prayer will connect us to the great creator of all the colour and all the the variety of life. Most of all Jesus told us whatever we ask in his name that prayer will be answered. What better resource could we have than being a Christian with a promise like that!
For reflection: Psalm 139: 13-16
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Fr. Ron Corne