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The Kenotic Journey of Holy Week

The following is drawn from The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, by Cynthia Bourgeault, p. 185-186

“Jesus’s real purpose in this sacrifice was to wager his own life against his core conviction that love is stronger than death, and that the laying down of self which is the essence of this love leads not to death, but to life.”

~ Cynthia Bourgeault

 

Mary Magdalene anoints the feet of Jesus

Mary Magdalene anoints the feet of Jesus

What is this Pascal journey from the wisdom standpoint? In the common understanding, Christianity has tended to view the resurrection as Jesus’s triumph over physical death. But for Christians in the wisdom tradition (who include among the ranks the very earliest witnesses to the resurrection) it’s meaning lies in something much deeper than merely the resuscitation of a corpse. Jesus’s real purpose in this sacrifice was to wager his own life against his core conviction that love is stronger than death, and that the laying down of self which is the essence of this love leads not to death, but to life. He was not about proving that a body lives forever, but rather that the spiritual identity forged through kenotic self-surrender survives the grave and can never be taken away. Thus, the real domain of the Paschal Mystery is not dying but dying-to-self.

It serves as the archetype for all our personal experiences of dying and rising to new life along the pathway of kenotic transformation, reminding us that it is not only possible but imperative to fall through fear into love because that is the only way we will ever truly know what it means to be alive.

The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, by Cynthia Bourgeault, p. 185-186

Pope Francis washes and kisses feet of a young offender  Photograph: AFP/Getty

Pope Francis washes and kisses feet of a young offender
Photograph: AFP/Getty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Bourgeault on Mary Magdalene #1

 This post was originally published in Christopher Page’s blog, In A Spacious Place.


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