The non-verbal communication of Jesus
If the body tells us more than speech what might Jesus' body language communicate to us?
If I were to meditate upon this alone (eg his curled up body, compassionate face, pierced hand), where would that take me? Following our Questions of Jesus theme of late, we note the questions that arise from our perplexity and irritation, relief or surprise at Jesus's gestures. We join his disciples, watching his every move, attempting to come to terms with the questions his movements raise within us.
To what am I invited? Into what space am I welcomed? Rest, fearlessness, vulnerability, trust perhaps.
He is not here; he has risen...
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy.
And if, as weeks go round, in the dark of the moon
my spirit darkens and goes out, and soft strange gloom
pervades my movements and my thoughts and words
Shadows, D H Lawrence
He sets his face like flint and takes our place,
Staggers beneath the black weight of us all
And falls with us that he might break our fall.
Malcolm Guite, Sounding the seasons
I know a man of such
mildness and kindness it is trying to
change my life
Mary Oliver, Thirst
There is a great desire in his heart: a maternal desire to gather a family together.
Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
In his body and blood is the wildness of God. With a passion of love he comes to bring 'fire to the earth'.
J. Philip Newell
Tell me what it means to you to call him Lord.
Anthony de Mello
I bless you,
In the name of the Holy Three, the
Father, the Son and the Sacred Spirit
Celtic Daily Prayer
Like a cat asleep on a chair...
at home in the house of the living
PAX, DH Lawrence
Here we see Jesus' great love for the earth, for the whole created order and for all creatures within it.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
to stand like the sunflower
turned full face to the sun drenched
with light in the still centre
held while the circling planets
hum wth an utter joy