Imagination, the ability to see possibility, is food for the Christian faith. How can one think of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit without it? Music, art, and literature become a wasteland without that inner vision. The silence between musical notes, that brief interlude, and all the spaces lift the musical expression through the chandeliered ceiling and into space.
Jesus told of these unseen truths in parables, representing the physical to represent the preternatural. The potter sees the vessel, a figurine, a representation unseen by the apprentice. When the potter works with wet clay at the wheel, the clay is worked and reworked for a perfect outcome. And so, we come to nets cast out to catch fish, but there’s more to this picture. Good fish are kept; bad fish are thrown away. So, obvious, so physical; yet, comprehensible for right living. Just as art, literature, and music become messengers, intermediates of a reality of an invisible world, parables make connections.
Jesus, in his outstretched arms on the cross, raised to the father, created this sacred link between heaven and earth, and we have the faith to enter the in-between.
In another way, the biblical scribe goes to his ‘storehouse’ and brings forth the old and the new. He, too, is an intermediary, that is, one who can bring the old scriptures and now the new into the world – a true evangelist.
Our days are filled with living in the moment – looking, analyzing, and creating in the now. Time does not allow the past to bother us. It was troublesome to begin with. We know better. The variations on the theme of repeating history if we ignore history are numerous. But how else are we going to learn? To turn our back on our Christian story, we may miss the point of the resurrection and continue to nail people to a cross.
The potter’s wet clay contains the whole universe. I am clay on the potter’s wheel until the end.
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