Die Opstanding: “Let us not mock God with metaphor”

(Prent geleen van “Resurgence” http://jesus.to/gkLYaB)


Met Paas-Sondag om die draai is dit krities belangrik dat ons weer die liggaamlike-letterlike opstanding van Jesus verkondig en vier. As Jesus se opstanding nie n letterlike gebeurtenis in wêreldgeskiedenis was nie, val Christenskap heeltemal plat…ons het geen evangelie om te verkondig nie, ons het geen hoop vir ‘n nuwe hemel en ‘n nuwe aarde nie, en ons is steeds vasgevang in ons sondes en die giftige angel van die dood (1 Kor 15).

Die bekende Pulitzer-prys skrywer, John Updike, kommunikeer hierdie waarheid uitstekend in sy gedig “Seven stanzas of Easter”…


By John Updike

Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His Flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that — pierced — died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mache,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow
grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.

And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair,
opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen
spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.

From Updike, John. “Telephone Poles and Other Poems” (New York: Alfred A. Knopf,1961).


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