Saturday 25 November 2023
St Catherine of Alexandria
1 Maccabees 6:1-13. I will rejoice in your salvation, O Lord – Psalm 9A:2-4, 6, 16, 19. Luke 20:27-40.
Silence of wonder and gratitude
Jesus’ response to the Sadducees’ question on resurrection reminds us of the importance of not taking matters of faith and belief too literally, and the struggle of bridging our life in the ‘here and now’ with the mystery and immensity of resurrected life in God. Our constructs and categories are limited by our human capacity and imagination. We strive and reach for the wonder and beauty of it all, but we know we fall short. We bring the hope of it into the power of our symbols and rituals, the tapestry our shared lives. It echoes in the aching, haunting melancholy of a song from childhood. In the earthy scent of morning rain. Among ancient trees, wide ocean, with friends, in a poem, a painting, a memory. We stretch out with our ideas towards God and eternity. We love, we learn and we yearn. We journey. Perhaps in the end, like the Sadducees, when we have asked our questions, we might simply fall into the silence of wonder and gratitude.