30th Sunday Ordinary Time, the Kenotic Christ, and Niagara Falls

My next writing project deals with 1) charting the inner life of worshipers which manifests in our unseen tendency to domesticate God; and 2) how engagement in the gestures, words, symbols, and actions of the Mass might locate us in our resistance to the Mystery as the very way of encountering the kenotic Trinity.

Something like that.

So, blind Bartimaeus saw, as it were, the kenosis, the outpouring love of our Triune God shown forth in Jesus Christ, as the way of life. Self-emptying as the way of Life.

The best image I’ve come up with so far of that kenotic love of God is Niagara Falls. Watch the water rushing, dancing, heaving itself over the precipice; See the inevitability of that movement once anything steps into that river.

This is what it looks like for me – “Over the edge! I don’t know what will happen! Yikes! Step back!”


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