Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jesus As Bridge

Reflecting on today's readings, Father Isaac invited us to ponder the image of Jesus as bridge- our bridge between heaven and earth. At once truly human and truly divine, Jesus our Lord supports and enables the reality of our very real connectedness, our crossing over into all that divinity is. Certainly this is something we look forward to as our final destiny, but, as Isaac reminded us, it is our reality even now, unfolding in the ordinariness of our lives. He then recalled the vision of Saint Stephen, just before he was stoned to death:

Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

Stephen's vision is ours, for we are meant to notice the transparency of our earthly existence with divinity ever in sight. This is  our baptismal reality in Christ, renewed each day as we partake of his body and blood in the Holy Eucharist.