Days of Awe

The great Triduum, the awe-inspiring Three Days that changed everything, is upon us.  The Pascha, the Passover of the Lord, is upon us.

Tonight’s Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper sets the stage, in a most mind-blowing manner, for the catastrophic effects of the Pascha on creation: God in Christ re-speaks, subverts, transforms and transfigures creation by taking it up into himself; by inviting the old creation to become new in him; by drawing the smoldering embers of our dying world into the fiery hearth of his divine-human Heart; by shaking the foundations of the cosmos, transubstantiating the matter of this creation into God’s own Flesh and Blood.

Eat with trembling, and drink in awe as you grant Christ full access to work this work in you; and remember what Anne Dillard warned us of…On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of the conditions. Does any-one have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake some day and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return.

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2 comments on “Days of Awe

  1. beads2rosaries says:

    Is it possible to grant Christ “full access” to our lives? Only because Jesus willing continues to grant full access to his divine life is this a possibility. Alas, the promises and eternal rewards of our surrender are so luxurious it is impossible for me not to try my best to “let go and let God.”

    Today’s Holy Thursday feast gives indulgences into the divine lavishness our God bestows. May we sit tonight as Mary did at the feet of Our Lord and absorb His being, take it into our person — as an internal crash helmet — for the suffering which lies ahead in our liturgical year – and our own lives.

  2. Kathy says:

    Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper sets the stage, in a most mind-blowing manner, for the catastrophic effects of the Pascha on creation: God in Christ re-speaks, subverts, transforms and transfigures creation by taking it up into himself; by inviting the old creation to become new in him; by drawing the smoldering embers of our dying world into the fiery hearth of his divine-human Heart; by shaking the foundations of the cosmos, transubstantiating the matter of this creation into God’s own Flesh and Blood.

    Is this your own quote? It will become one of my favorites.

    Throughout the Gospels the Lord did not come to lull us into complacency but His appearance is radical— a collision course into our mundane existence with tsunamic disruption–what to do with Him………. but yield in humble and contrite heart.

    His altar becomes the place where all confrontations must be reconciled. Why is my heart so fearful to abandon itself into the fiery hearth of such Divine Love the means by which I rise to resurrection life!

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