Thursday, April 12, 2007

Second Sunday of Easter – C3

Second Sunday of Easter – C3

Years C
Revelation 1:4-8

There is a tradition of Jesus, while theoretically in the grave, descending from the Tomb to Hades/Hell/The Dead. One part of that tradition is to offer salvation to all those who had gone before him. A most gracious act that presupposes some ongoingness of life (a bit at odds with some other traditions from which Jesus came).

Here is another vision of Jesus descending, this time from the Clouds to The Still Living. This time he comes to offer judgment and to bring wailing.

As you play back and forth between these images of a descending Jesus you may want to consider what a subsequently ascending Jesus might be about. In the first case, does he arise to continue bringing salvation (hope to the hope-lost disciples)? In the second case, does he arise to end a salvific process, to only play with and further judge his current best-friends?

How does the separation of us (loved) from them (wailers) advance the ministry of a Christ-for-all?

= = = = = = =

I am
alphas and omegas
many-beginning
many-endings

herein is all mighty
strength and flexibility
yoga of the soul
responsive chakras

when is and was
and is to come
finally settle to one
great wailing ensues

a wailing wall
walls us in and out
until love again
breaks loose

the beginning
the ending of all
to simply anew
grace that is grace

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