By NEMS Daily Journal
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
Colossians 1:15–20 (New Revised Standard Version)
Life after Easter never settles down easily among people who find in its special celebration the kind of energy leading at the same time to exhilaration and a renewal of confidence in the possibilities of life.
It is usually acknowledged unashamedly as a kind of emotional surge, a high that cannot be sustained but which is best internalized as renewed optimism that particular people who hold to something good can make a difference.
The day of celebration has to be followed by seasons of work, an outright emulation of Jesus and his deeds involving other people, offering hope, giving encouragement, always caring for them, healing them and feeding them.
If we’re prone to believing that our own time is bad and limiting, we should remember that Jesus faced off with both the Roman Empire and the religious authorities of his place.
The new life he claimed after, for all appearances, he had lost it all to his opponents, outlives all of them, most visibly in the lives of ordinary people who follow his way.
The Rev. Hardy Kim writes in a reflection for this season, “It’s interesting that the Greek word translated “image”(in Colossians) is the same word used in Greek translations of Genesis that tell us ‘God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’ Therefore, we might understand that the same Jesus who was resurrected is an ‘image of the invisible God’ in the same way that we are – an image in which ‘all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.’”
“I also believe that we are called to live like him – like images of an invisible God, in whom all the fullness of God might be pleased to dwell,” Kim said.
Kim quotes from a poem written by a group in Scotland’s Iona community:
If we met you, Jesus Christ,
we might not think you were on a mission.
Your talk would be of common and curious things:
lost lambs, lost coins,
paying taxes, hosting a meal,
wise virgins, and foolish house-builders.
We would not know you were on a mission,
we would think you were making sense of life,
lighting up the ordinary, identifying the truth.
When next you look with compassion on the world
and need mission done in your way,
Lord, send us. Amen.
(from “Present on Earth” by Wild Goose Worship Group, Iona community)
We should all aspire to lighting up the ordinary times and ordinary spaces.