The Dream of Life Will Not be Put to Death

"Empty Tomb" based on liturgical hanging by Suzanne Meeks

Mark 16:1-8
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

A death in Jerusalem:
One more political casualty,
one more soul lost to
the occupation, to crisis,
to fear—to religious machinations,
to the unabashed greed for power,
and the need for the kind of false righteousness
that turns Church into a shameless bully
that murders its prophets,
and any who dream a dream of Life.
It is done in the name of Justice,
in the name of Church,
in the name of Holiness itself,
but the intention is to silence the
true word, and the true dream—
the dream of life.
But the silenced will not remain silenced.
The dead live on
in the very soul of memory.
And this soul, instead of being lost,
found the other lost souls—
disregarded and exiled
to the wasteland of death—
and raised them into Paradise,
and then rose up tell us about it.
This soul has risen so we might
rise as well.
Alleluia! Alleluia, indeed!


2 thoughts on “The Dream of Life Will Not be Put to Death

  1. He couldn’t have been anybody. Did he associate with those whom good citizens should revere? The wealthy, the famous, the powerful, the successful, the favored of the fates.

    What?! What do you mean, the body isn’t in the tomb? Nobody can escape that cave of darkness and death. Mary Magdalene says so? There are rumors, probably spread by women, that she was treated as an equal disciple. No man would do that. So why believe her?

    He died a horrible, tortured death to satisfy an angry God. An omnipotent Father who condemned the entire species because of our ancestors, whose sins are born anew in each human. There are rules that lift this burden and the authorities will tell us how to obey them.

    You are going to die someday. There is only one way out of hell everlasting. Accept Jesus as your personal savior, the only thing any human can do.

    His message was not for the elite few. Or those whom human societies judge as worthy. Nor was it about “inclusiveness,” since that implies an inside group deigning to reach down to those outside. The outsiders were his insiders from the beginning.

    We’re still trying to deal with the image of Mary Magdalene. Turned out she was right about the body. What else was she right about? Theologians are looking afresh at non-canonical accounts. What does the Gospel of Mary Magdalene reveal to a postmodern world?

    We’re not merely to be on hold until death, worshipping a dead body on a cross. Or even more berift of content, the empty cross. He demonstrated what life can be in the fullness of anthropos restored. The Kingdom of God is within, the Kingdom as the glory of creation is all around us. Now.

    Those cultural factors, like Easter eggs and rabbits with gay pastels, have a certain truth to them. They’re about new life. He was about life abundantly. The experience of infinite love in contrast to which anger and fear and emptiness and the gates of hell have no reality.

    We honor him most with acts of love.

    Christos anestI!
    Alithos anesti!

  2. AND, we honor God/Christ/Jesus/Spirit the very most when we honor ourselves, and learn to love ourselves as we are loved by God.

    As far as the atonement/sacrifice/hell stuff is concerned, it is no more than an early group of Jews cum Christians trying to fit Jesus’ death into the mold of a Temple Cult sacrifice/redemption model–no more no less. AND true to the nature of the divine, Jesus will not be fit into any mold–alleluia!

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