The Word made Flesh – Contemplating Good Friday
Posted by LizzyBeth
I have spent a month contemplating the reader’s heart and the writer’s soul and several rambling topics. I have talked about Dorothy Sayers’s use of a trinitarian analogy to disclose the concept of creating. Today, it is fitting that I should finish this month with looking at the Incarnate Word.
For every work [or act] of creation is threefold, an earthly trinity to match the heavenly.
First, [not in time, but merely in order of enumeration] there is the Creative Idea, passionless, timeless, beholding the whole work complete at once, the end in the beginning: and this is the image of the Father.
Second, there is the Creative Energy [or Activity] begotten of that idea, working in time from the beginning to the end, with sweat and passion, being incarnate in the bonds of matter: and this is the image of the Word.
Third, there is the Creative Power, the meaning of the
work and its response in the lively soul: and this is the image of the indwelling Spirit.
And these three are one, each equally in itself the whole work, whereof none can exist without other: and this is the image of the Trinity (35).
In Sayers’s analogy the Energy or the creation bound to matter is the Word (in her analogy we’d say the Energy is the written book but on a spiritual sense the Word as another connotation). In the Trinity, the Son of God, begotten not made, is referred to by St. John as the Word.
The Word of Life. The Word made Flesh.
Today is Good Friday.
As a child I was confused by the concept of this Holy Day being good. What is good about death – the Death on the Cross. I could not conceive how such an awful death could be good. But I as I have grown older and more versed in the traditions of the Church, I am convinced that the Church understood something that I often forget and as a child I did not comprehend. The Cross is the good Death, if there ever was one. It is the Death that defeated Death. The Cross is where the Incarnate Word expressed the fullness of the Idea and Power of the Creator.
And this is very good. We are saved through the passion (derived from the Greek word pascho meaning to suffer) and sweat and blood of The Word – the Son of God.
You may ask what does this have to do with writing or reading and I’d have to tell you everything. To carry on with Sayers’s analogy and even St. John’s, The Word is the calmination of creation.The Idea is made flesh and given Power. This Power is what sparks the idea for me to create and influence others through writing/reading. I cannot nor will I ever divorce myself from the source – The Idea, The Word, The Power.
I am reminded of a quote from Chariots of Fire.
“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast!
And when I run I feel his pleasure.”
― Eric Liddell
Change that to read “God made me for a purpose, but he also made me with a story. and when I write I feel his pleasure.” God the Triune, who is Idea, Word, Power / Father, Son, Holy Spirit, is the giver of life and words and, ultimately, stories. And I write for HIS pleasure for HE is my source.
Therefore, I can reflect on Good Friday and indeed say that it is good and look towards Easter Sunday with glorious hope and joy.
About LizzyBethThere is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.
Posted on March 29, 2013, in Authors, Christianity, Dorothy Sayers, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Literary Criticism, Rachel Burkholder and tagged Chariots of Fire, Dorothy Sayers, Eric Liddell, Good Friday, Incarnate Wore, The Word. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.