Sunday, January 01, 2006

About your Gospel reading . . .

"When we put several different portraits of the same person together, we can see immediately both the diversity and the continuity; through comparison we appreciate the skill of the different artists and consider carefully their varying interpretations of the subject. Our appreciation of the person is likely to be enhanced by such study and a fuller, more rounded view of their character will emerge. What we do not do is to superimpose the images on on the other, or seek to harmonize them into one single photograph, or reduce them to some simple lowest common denominator." (Richard Burridge, Four Gospels, One Jesus, Eerdmans, 1994, p.3)
Don't do that in your reading of the four Gospels, either. Let each of them stand as unique photographs of Jesus and his life, death and life again. Soak up the similarities between them and drink in their differences, for they all dare to do the undoable - to speak of him who is beyond words to describe.