This past Sunday we celebrated Easter. We don't normally think of vulnerability when we think of Easter. However, if we look again we cansee Jesus' unbelievable vulnerability. He hung naked on a cross crying out to His Father, "Why have you forsaken me?" He bared His soul for the whole world and His Father to see. The creator God, in human flesh, hanging on a cross of wood for all to view- to accept or reject. He didn't shy away from the love or the pain. It's through His vulnerability that He finds healing, life and resurrection.
Jesus invites us to experience the same vulnerability that He modeled for us. As we bear our soul to God (and trusted others) we too, will experience life and resurrection. Each of us have characteristics, habits, and ways of functioning that we would rather bury and hide. But perhaps it is through these very character "defects" that we can experience resurrection and new life. It is in embracing and being vulnerable with the broken and hurting places in our own lives that we find solidarity with and compassion for all humanity. It is those places that we find our greatest healing and resurrection. It is in those "resurrected" places of brokenness that God is once again "incarnated" (seen in human flesh) through us!
Reflect this week:
Ilia Delio, a Franciscan scientist and theologian, challenges us to take the invitation and downward movement of the Incarnation (God taking on human flesh in Jesus) quite seriously and to let it rearrange our priorities. She writes:
"The "problem" of immigrants, welfare recipients, incarcerated, mentally ill, . . . disabled, and all who are marginalized by mainstream society, is a problem of the incarnation. When we reject our relatedness to the poor, the weak, the simple, and the unlovable we define the family of creation over and against God. In place of God, we decide who is worthy of our attention and who can be rejected.
We hermetically seal ourselves off from the undesired "other," the stranger, and in doing so, we seal ourselves off from God. By rejecting God in the neighbor, we reject the love that can heal us. Until we come to accept created reality with all its limits and pains as the living presence of God, Christianity has nothing to offer to the world. When we lose the priority of God's love in weak, fragile humanity, we lose the Christ, the foundation on which we stand as Christians.
Compassion continues the Incarnation by allowing the Word of God to take root within us, to be en-fleshed in us. The Incarnation is not finished; it is not yet complete for it is to be completed in us."
By Babs May-Clark