A Time To Die, A Time To Be Reborn, The Same Time

From The Jerusalem Catecheses, in the Office of Readings for the Easter Octave:

[Solomon] spoke of a time to give birth, and a time to die. For you, however, it was the reverse: a time to die, and a time to be born, although in fact both events took place at the same time and your birth was simultaneous with your death.

I’m thinking the mystagogue of ancient Jerusalem was thinking of Ecclesiastes 3:2 here. Death and rebirth taking place at the same time plunges us into a deeper mystery than the passage of time and experience. It explodes the caterpillar and butterfly image too. Only God can bend the ticking of a clock and place us in two positions at once.

This is something amazing and unheard of! It was not we who actually died, were buried and rose again. We only did these things symbolically, but we have been saved in actual fact. It is Christ who was crucified, who was buried and who rose again, and all this has been attributed to us. We share in his sufferings symbolically and gain salvation in reality.

Which isn’t to say we don’t experience suffering as a redeemed believer. Jesus has totally taken on our pain and trials into his own experience. The result is the same: we have been saved.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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