Coming down to earth – let´s say that is the centre of Christian life. You may think it´s coming to heaven. But only the one who goes down can later ascend- or in more modern terms enter into the heart of life. At Easter Jesus goes down and he dies, but his reason is not love of death, but love of life and then he raises in the vicyory of life. Life that is synonyme to love and peace, in opposite to the powers of death of hatred and evil.
Coming down to earth for us is mostly less dramatic. To see, to listen, to smell – in basic senses lyes the way to life. I do not need big ideas or fixed schemas, it´s the experience of one another that lead you to life. To respond to what I see: the needs of others, the duties I have to act in favour of life.
We have been reading some interesting texts lately after the Taizé prayers on Tuesdays. It´s about that coming down to earth. The author, Franz Jalics, made a simple constation: Human existence have three phases. First to get aware about reality with your senses, second to reflect on what you see and third starting acting. Jalics then constate that in our society (of “floating modernity”) the second and third phases are overemphazized. We think and act too quickly, without first dwelling in awareness with our senses, with our bodies in reality – down at earth you could say.
Christians could contribute with this in this world: not rushing away in fast doing, but first dwell, wait, see, listen. From that point a renewed life can stem.
yours br Björn