eve and yonah show very interesting aspects of being a woman…
in children of eden, eve’s realization that she carries within her the spark of creation…the living flame that God used to create mankind and the world, and that she now has that as a part of her is a powerful insight…while it ultimately leads her to the curiosity that will be the reason for the expulsion, it’s also the power that makes her a woman…the power to bring life into the world
yonah sings that she is familiar with pain and sorrow, and that rejection is a part of her life…historically, women have been put aside, ignored, betrayed…and the fact that she bears the mark of cain adds more cultural rejection to her life…isolated and rejected, she stands strong in a way that shows the power and strength that she holds inside…power not unlike that of eve…
i think the kennedys express rebirth best…and godspell was my easter movie of choice…which is interesting, since there is no resurrection at the end…
“breathe into a new life, breathe out of the old times…it’s like being born, but you’re wiser this time”
“we can build a beautiful city, yes we can, we can build a beautiful city, not a city of angels, but finally a city of man”
it’s been a tumultuous lent.
while i did have every intention of blogging every day, i think the fact that i’ve kept a semi-regular practice is still a step in the right direction. perhaps next year i’ll do some reading of a lent related (or related in my mind anyway) text and blog with that as a prompt…it might help with the days when i didn’t know what to say.
since lent began, i’ve had two family illnesses shake up my world, overscheduled myself beyond the point of sanity (ongoing) and, i think, built a stronger relationship via this blog, and gchat, and her blog, with my friend k. i’ve reflected on my own questions, other bloggers’ questions, and gospel readings.
i think it’s been a useful practice for my mind, and i hope to continue.
but the topic of this blog is good friday…
i’ve always been moved by good friday…from the unornamented hymns and stark altar, cleared of linens and flowers, it speaks to the depth of the sacrifice of the day. no matter where i am at in my spiritual journey…it’s moving to think about.
while i love the hand washing and eucharist centered ritual of holy thursday, and the pagan-inspired, elemental celebration of the easter vigil, good friday also holds its own special place.
“freedom can be found, laden down, under the weight of the wood…”