Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sowing Time...

Here is a further meditation from Henri Nouwen, on resurrection. Following on from the one I posted on Monday, Nouwen is thinking about the wonderful persistence of all the dear particulars of our lives, the things we live by and live for, our loves and our griefs, even the shape our own faith takes within our life on earth.

When I was a young man, before I had discovered the glorious grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, I used sometimes to grieve for hours over all the things I loved, the familiar beauty of the trees and the birds, the strange wonders of deep space and human love, feeling that they were all in the end meaningless, since they would fall through decay into nothing. Now I know better, my heart sings every time I think of the things Henri Nouwen is writing about here!

Our short lives on earth are sowing time. If there were no resurrection of the dead, everything we live on earth would come to nothing. How can we believe in a God who loves us unconditionally if all the joys and pains of our lives are in vain, vanishing in the earth with our mortal flesh and bones? Because God loves us unconditionally, from eternity to eternity, God cannot allow our bodies - the same as that in which Jesus, his Son and our savior, appeared to us - to be lost in final destruction.

No, life on earth is the time when the seeds of the risen body are planted. Paul says: "What is sown is perishable, but what is raised is imperishable; what is sown is contemptible but what is raised is glorious; what is sown is weak, but what is raised is powerful; what is sown is a natural body, and what is raised is a spiritual body" (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). This wonderful knowledge that nothing we live in our bodies is lived in vain holds a call for us to live every moment as a seed of eternity.

The wonderful knowledge, that nothing we live in our body is lived in vain, holds a call for us to live every moment as a seed of eternity.

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