Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Psalm 97

Easter 7 - Year C 

Jesus’ prayer is fairly localized—bless these and those in their image. Paul’s actions are localized for his own benefit. The Psalmist continues this with a focus on those who authorize a high and exalted god as the one, true god.

If we are dealing with resurrection, wherein these limitations?

Well, it has been seven weeks since we had an anniversary of a resurrection. That’s twice as long as it usually takes to institute a new habit, a new way of experiencing the world. It wouldn’t be unusual for some forgetting to be happening around the edges. Resurrection opens us to life, and these limitations close us.

If we remember resurrection we may yet participate in it, not just tout it. Here’s a paragraph from Richard Rohr’s new book, “Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self” that might trigger some alternatives for you.

No matter what your definition, we all want resurrection in some form. And I do believe “the raising up of Jesus” (which is the correct theological way to say it because it was a relational meaning between Jesus and God, and not a self-generated “I can do this”) is still a potent, focused, and compelling statement about what God is still and forever doing with the universe and with humanity. Science strongly confirms this statement today—more than ever before—but with different metaphors and symbols, like condensation, evaporation, hibernation, sublimation, the four seasons, the life cycles of everything from salmon to galaxies, and even the constant death and birth of stars from the exact same stardust. God appears to be resurrecting everything all the time. It is nothing to “believe in” as much as it is something to observe and be taught by.

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