Something in us can Remember this Joy and Truth – even if our mind is flooded with worry. Our body can Remember. Our Emotions can move deeper than the surface happenings and Remember the Countenance of the Lord of Light-Life-Love and be upheld one more moment, carried by the wind of the Name soaring within our hearts.
During the Easter Season Jesus is in the process of disappearing – constantly inviting his disciples to let go of their physical experience of him to receive the inward Presence of the Spirit. Jesus’ disappearance will reach is completion with the Ascension, a reminder that our own journeys are an ever increasing releasing of our self as we “disappear” with Christ in God (Colossians 3.3).
The resurrection slowly transformed Mary’s grief into the miracle of acceptance and then recognition of the new presence. It will never be the same – as it was. But something new has arisen from within the tomb of our loss, and that gift of perception can change everything.
These four movements of the Spirit in and through the Life of Jesus reveal to us the Christian Way. The Jesus of History grounds the Way of these Events on the stage of human experience. But his Life isn’t just to be Remembered liturgically. His Life is to be Followed. The threefold pattern isn’t just historical. It is also our spiritual Way of Being.
When Jesus dies he demonstrates the Truth that his life is hidden in God. As the body and the self die they are die to experience a new way of life: the resurrected life. The no-self life. When Jesus dies on Good Friday on the Cross it is a Revelation of the Way it will go for all of us: we die to our self bound way of being in these bodies so to be raised to a resurrected life with God in Christ.
To give love from an overflowing love. The expensive perfume is a symbol of love – a love that accumulates in the silence and stillness of prayer. A love that can overflow through us toward the world – a world full of beings that need to be anointed with love so to remember and realize their unique destiny and ultimate joy in worship – as ones set apart for the love of and passivity to the Spirit of God, which is in part our most real joy and enduring purpose in this life.
Much of life keeps us asleep in the night of unconsciousness – as well as in the in-between zones of twilight – settling for a half-lived life and missing the mark on the fullness of life and light that Jesus demonstrated to us. Lent is an antidote to sleep and the power of the twilights. Lenten exercises and practices keep us from being swallowed up by the increasing twilight powers of unconscious thought, feeling and behavior.
Jesus sharp rebuke of the Teachers of the Law in this Gospel passage from today’s lectionary is a reminder that he must have been frustrated with over-reliance upon written scripture over against the real living presence of Wisdom and Love itself. An experience was available right there, but they preferred to argue over the law, turning the scriptures into something to think about and disagree with.