October 6th, 2006


More on the Cross

It is fitting that the death of God was the death of a man.  The world crucified the one in whose image they had been created.  They crucified their telos, their purpose, their very selves.  It was a son of man who died there, the new Adam put to death by the old.

This is fitting, of course, because man has been killing man since the very first.  Abel's blood has cried out anew in each generation.  When a person rejects God, a person is necessarily rejecting his fellow creatures, a truth made manifest in the Lord's teaching.  Adam's children killed Adam's children and this murder - both spiritual and physical - culminated in the execution of the perfect man, the true human.  Man put to death man's only hope in an ignorant act of suicide.

But what shall we say of this mystery:  The death of the New Man leads to the death of the Old Man, turning fallen persons into little Christs; man's greatest misdeed mysteriously undoing every misdeed.  There is something mythological in this story, something in, but also far beyond history.  It is a story that cannot be believed without imagination - not because it is not true but because truth is wonderfully and poetically fantastic.