"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

Life Entombed

Author’s note: This post continues a series about putting on Christ.

I’m always amazed when things come together, often despite myself. For the last several weeks, I have been reflecting on a particularly poignant exclamation: “The Lord is King; He is clothed with majesty.” Today, I struggle to sit with Him as I encounter Life entombed this Great and Holy Saturday. The paradox hits me square between the eyes. I have no other response than to simply attempt to be present. No words can be said, no tears can be shed, no thoughts can be thought and no emotions can be felt that accurately reflect the Mystery that this holy day makes manifest.

St Paul in his letter to the Phillipians probably comes closest: Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

So there seems to be a connection between putting on majesty through wearing the coat of humility.  And we’re called to follow Christ’s example.  Recently, a friend and I got talking about the nature of love.  He said, “Love is not ‘I’ll scratch your back and you’ll scratch mine.’ No, love is more ‘I’ll scratch your back and I’ll scratch mine on the bed post.'”  In other words, love is not about us, it is about the other.  And there’s something about that Love Enacted that drives me to wonder and amazement as I see Love Entombed after stretching out His back on the cross…  All for the sake of making us one by destroying all that can possibly divide us…

Yes Lord, truly You are robed in the majesty of Your infinite humility.

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