He calls to us. “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Will we yield to his call? Will we cross over the wall we have built between him and us? He has come to us eagerly, longingly, leaping on the mountains, bounding over hills: noble, graceful, delighted with us, yearning for us. Not content to wait for us to show up at his doorstep, he has come to our house, he has peered in through our windows, and, seeing that we are still here, he has cried to us, “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” There’s no recklessness in his call; he comes to us with abandon, but he also knows it is the right season for love: winter is past, flowers bloom, figs ripen, cultivated vines show their blossoms. Creation plays peacock while our Lord prances to meet us, but we wait to hear his voice. Will we shy away, or will we embrace his transport and delight? Continue reading
Why do you seek Jesus? Do you seek him at all?
This Lent we have heard again and again from the Scriptures about seeking Christ. We’ve heard about not seeking Jesus without seeking the Jesus who dies on the cross, about using money without believing we can own Christ, about how the new covenant God offers us at baptism is not just about promises but actually requires us to seek a new way of living. Into this web, this tangle of ideas, the gospel writer John speaks this simple scene: Some Greeks come to Jesus’ disciple Philip and say, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Continue reading