Saturday, March 12, 2011

Just a body?

To suggest in the early goings of grief that a body is “just” anything rings as tinny in its attempt to minimalize it as it would if we were to say it was “just” a bad hair day when the girl went bald from her chemotherapy. Or that our hope for heaven on her behalf was based on the belief that Christ raised “just” a body from the dead. What if, rather than crucifixion, he’d opted for suffering low self-esteem for the remission of sins? What if, rather than “just a shell,” he’d raised his personality, or The Idea of Himself? Do you think they’d have changed the calendar for that? Done the Crusades? Burned witches?

Thomas Lynch
The Undertaking
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