[Picture source: Yunin]
A good 5 weeks since I last picked up Sabbatical Journey. I should not be surprised that once again, it is timely.
“As we claim our faith in the resurrection of the body, we come to see that the resurrection is not simply an event after death but a reality of everyday life. Our care for the body calls us to unity beyond organization, to intimacy beyond eroticism, and to integrity beyond psychological wholeness.
Unity, intimacy and integrity are the three spiritual qualities of the resurrected life. We are called to break through the boundaries of nationality, race, sexual orientation, age, and mental capacities and create a unity of love that allows the weakest among us to live well. We are called to go far beyond the places of lust, sexual need, and desire for physical union to a spiritual intimacy that involves body, mind and heart. And we are called to let go of old ways of feeling good about ourselves and reach out to a new integration of the many facets of our humanity. These calls are calls to the resurrection. Caring for the body is preparing the body for the final resurrection while anticipating it in our daily lives through spiritual unity, intimacy, and integrity.
… We are the people of the resurrection, living our lives with a great vision that transforms us as we are living it… The resurrection stories reveal the always-present tension between coming and leaving, intimacy and distance, holding and letting go, at-homeness and mission, presence and absence… While many question whether the resurrection really took place, I wonder if it doesn’t take place every day if we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.” — Henri Nouwen
“Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.
“Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.
– Isa 43:18-19