On Friday, we considered the position of the “modern” man (who is a re-dressed version of the prideful, obstinate man of history).
For this man, there is one authority. The self. There is one master. The self. There will be no acceptance of an Other. So it is that man degenerated by his own sinfulness, cannot bear to stand in front of the truth, in front of existential truth, in front of reality, because it means acknowledging his littleness – that he is not God. In his pride, he would much prefer to crucify the Truth and keep it tightly concealed in a tiny tomb.
But the Truth, which is Life and Love cannot remain contained by the harsh coldness of the tomb. Much the same, that Life and Love wishes to break the hardness of our stony hearts.
I will take you away from among the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you back to your own soil. I will sprinkle clean water over you to make you clean; from all your impurities and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you so that you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep them. (Ez. 36:24-27)
This, in truth, we celebrate on this Easter Sunday, the God who in an act of pure kenosis takes flesh and enters utterly into the human experience – like us in all things except sin – and suffers to the nth degree the full brunt and effect of sin. He penetrates to the core of the human person and is a presence in the midst of our harsh coldness. And if, if man in an act of humility that is simultaneously an act of faith acknowledges that at the core of His existence he is a being-in-relation (or perhaps better said, a being-in-constant-need-of-relation), this man freely allows that Life and Love to break through his hardness, ushering in new life carried forth by an Other. This is the Christian event accessible to the humble man who does not deny, but who accepts the full weight of His need and the Answer to that need. This loving acceptance and humility makes resurrected life, though not perfected, possible even now.
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God. (Jn. 1:12-13)