Thursday, January 17, 2019

quick riposte to kenotic theology

Divinity does not contain a lack—it cannot.
"lack" is not a viable form of communication.

It is tempting to see it thus.

Because to reserve a space for someone who is not there is a de facto kind of intimacy. It's holding onto their absence, which we are, in many ways, commanded to do for those who have passed before us, who have gone from our lives.

Absence is a viable measure of presence. But it is not a measure of communion.

To hold someone's absence in your heart is to keep them alive, in some way. But it can quickly turn into a sort of mummification, they are embalmed, yet not living, there is no way to talk to them.

Except through prayer. This is the sort of prayer for the dead that keeps us in contact with them: we find ourselves with them and living in God with them.

But we cannot confuse these mausoleums, these effigies, with the living hearts we seek to know and love.

We hold an empty space for a visitor we await:
it is a chair for Elijah,
who is emphatically not here.

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