[復活:轉化的生命]

[復活:轉化的生命]

這張卡片,是美國畫家Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1936) 的畫作,這幅畫描繪出若望福音二十章1~10節:伯多祿和若望在絕望中,走向空墳墓的神情。

仔細觀看這幅畫,我看到一個強而有力的訊息,這兩個人看著,或者更好說是「凝視著」空墳墓,他們的神情起初是困惑、是擔憂,他們不明白,然而,逐漸的,他們被轉化了,臉上閃亮出光芒,身體看得到的部分也發出光來。

基督復活進入祂的光榮,我從這幅畫看到的訊息是:兩位宗徒雖然還不明白,但是他們的身體似乎已被轉化了,復活的力量使他們熾熱、發光。這個訊息對相信的人而言,是很明確的:主已經不在墳墓中了,祂不是死了、祂還活著、祂活在他們內!

同樣的經驗,記錄在路加福音二十四章第五節:「你們為什麼在死人中找活人呢?」

兩位宗徒雖然還不明白,但奇異的是:他們整個人身都覺醒了,基督的復活瀰漫、滲透了他們,墳墓是空的,主已經不在墳墓中,耶穌基督從死著中復活,而且那使耶穌復活的德能,滲透了他們。宗徒們的身體似乎已覺察到,看起來已經不一樣了,這是否是基督的生命已取代了我們的,以祂的德能充滿我們的生命呢?

我想:這就是信仰,信仰帶來轉化,就是此時此刻,一個新的自我意識,基督的自我意識,將耶穌的自我意識,轉變成我們的。路加福音二十四章13~35節,特別是32節「當祂在路上與我們談話時,我們的心不是火熱的嗎?」

(Frans De Ridder, cicm)

文:林瑞德神父,聖母聖心會

信仰帶來轉化

(English)

This card…a painting by an USA artist: Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1936). It is the artistic rendering of John and Peter –in despair—walking to the “empty” tomb. John 20: 1-10.

I find this a powerful message. Look carefully at the painting. The two men look, or rather they stare, like in a daze, into the emptiness. Their head is still puzzled and worried. They do not understand. Yet gradually they are being filled with light and they are being transformed. Whatever ‘visible’ part of their body is filled with light…

The Resurrection narratives talk about Christ entering into his glory. The message I see is that, though the two apostles do not yet understand, their body seems to be transformed, the resurrection power puts them aglow. The message is clear for those who believe. The Lord is no longer in the tomb. He is not dead. He is alive…in them!

There are some messages in the Gospels: Lk. 24: 5 “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?”

Though not understanding, a strange new bodily-felt awareness pervades them… permeates them. The Lord is not in the tomb, for the tomb is empty. The Lord the Risen one, the divine power calling Jesus back into life…is nowhere else, but in them! Their body seems to be “aware”. It feels different inside. Is this perhaps the life of Christ that takes over our lives, filling us with divine presence, awakening us to this transforming energy, at work in us?

This, I think, is what faith is all about. Faith brings about transformation, already here and now. It is a new self consciousness. The self consciousness of Christ, the self awareness of Jesus, becomes ours. Read also Luke 24: 13-35 highlighted in verse 33: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way…?”

(Frans De Ridder, cicm)

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