Monday, April 10, 2006

we're in the home stretch

i was talking with a fellow episcogeek the other day about holy week and easter coming up. i can't remember what direction our conversation went in that it led to him saying, yeah, well, the cross is not the focus of my theology - i'm totally paraphrasing here by the way but it was words to that effect. i didn't have time just then to ask him, but i will later when i get the chance, how he reconciles that, or, what is his focus?
because the same goes for me. i am still trying to understand the crucifixion, resurrection, "salvation" and all that goes along with easter. i can't even understand a metaphor for all this that makes sense for me - and i gladly accept anyone's comments on this.
post-modern, emerging church, sr. mary alternative ...

april is poetry month and i'm teaching poetry to my students and i've been researching some good poems for them (i really hate treacly kiddy poems) so i thought i'd post this (it reminds me of grace, which is a christian concept i can totally groove on):

'Hope' is the thing with feathers
by Emily Dickinson

'Hope' is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

1 comment:

LutheranChik said...

Let me give you my perspective, flavored by my Lutheran theology -- one of the crux sola est nostra theologia folks: The cross is God's ultimate symbol of solidarity with us -- a God who responds to our weakness and brokenness and suffering by, in Christ, becoming weak and broken, by suffering with and for us. And that act of love and solidarity, in some Holy Mystery that I myself am not going to attempt to theologically dissect, has definitively reconciled humanity to Godsself -- mended the breach between us -- and defeating the power of sin and death to terrify and defeat us. There's that beautiful bit of liturgy in the BCP about Christ stretching his arms of love upon the hard wood of the cross -- that's a very Theology of the Cross image.

Hope that helps.