Friday, April 13, 2012

1 John 1:1-2:5

Easter 2 - Year B

1 John 1:1-2:5

Resurrection is communal and experiential. If one of these is lost or subsumed under the other, new life is snuffed aborning.

Our very joy is tied up with space and time with one another as well as striking off on our own. The rhythm of these keeps both alive.

By the time we get to formalizing either our communal mores or individual experience, there is a temptation to universalize our particular set of circumstances. If we claim only light or only dark or only faith or only sin, we are still a long way from breaking through to a new perspective.

What is asked for is not atoning sacrifice. This is loaded language that rings falser than it does true and is ultimately beside the point. What is asked for coherence between our various communities and selves. What is asked for is having both our common endeavors and our individual gifts move us to be one with grandest desires and common tripping points that they might inform one another.

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