That hospital stay - I regarded it as defeat -
But the cross was regarded as defeat by the Romans.
I had a thought while there -
Sometimes we forget
That at the end of the Book of John
That Christ's last words on earth were,
"Father, Father, why hast thou forsaken me".
That says to me that whatever the Divine Presence on Earth encountered
In His journey here,
It was so darkly powerful
That He left this world a broken man.
Think of that.
It’s a message saying,
"That's what we're dealing with folks, so don't screw up."
And in a way it's a message from that dark force,
"You people think you're really something,
So enamored of power;
Well look what I did to your savior - and it didn't take long either.
Why don't we carve an image of it and tack it up on the wall,
A gift from me,
So that you will not forget what I can
And what I will do."
So what are we,
Whose divine spark is dim and tentative and fragile,
to do when we engage that same dark power
That so destroyed Jesus of Nazareth
On a Passover
When His Father abandoned Him?
I think I am becoming to see the Christian mythos much differently.
No, He did not die for our sins.
He died as a result of our sins,
As all lonely, lost beings when crushed by an uncaring, unthinking world die.
He showed what our sins are.
And since we are all the
Sons of many fathers
And the fathers of many sons -
He showed what we do when we abandon our sons,
And thus our wives,
And thus our mothers,
Because she had a son that was lost as well.
And what happens when we abandon ourselves and thus each other;
He died to remind us who we are supposed to be.
And when He returned,
He first went to see the women who loved Him.
That was the other great power the Divine Presence on Earth encountered,
And He could not wait to encounter them again.