Monday, April 25, 2011

We are the Alive

our font in its new position under the choir gallery,
when we can afford it it will be on a stone octogon
A happy and blessed Easter to you all.

I was struck by a sentence the Pope's Jesus of Nazareth, in which he says that some early Christians simply described themselves as the "Alive" or the "Living". It typical Ratzingerian style he doesn't bother to spell out what this might mean but it has been a shaft of light that has illuminated my thinking this Holy Week.

We are the Alive because we have eaten the bread of Life. "Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you shall not have life in you".
We are Alive because we have been immersed in Living water. "Unless you are baptised by water and the Spirit you will not have Life in you."
We have shared in the death and resurrection of  "the Way, the Truth and the Life". In Christ we have left the abode of the dead and entered the community of the Living. He is not dead, he is alive and has gone before you...
"What good would life had have been to us if Christ had not come back from the dead..." to give us real life.
For we are dead any longer, Christ has given us Life.

1 comment:

Physiocrat said...

The conversion experience is of coming alive. Sadly the memory dims with the passing of the years and there are only glimpses to be had from time to time.