Saturday Morning Thoughts

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”- Ernest Hemingway

This quote has forcefully grabbed my attention. I don’t know what to do with it exactly, all I have is the desire to be a person like Hemingway is describing. Perhaps what has caught me so forcefully is that this quote reminds me of Jesus. It also reminds me of how C.S. Lewis portrays Jesus as Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia. Aslan is a strong and loving lion, bringing out the queens and kings of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy where made to be. Maybe that is what this quote is calling out in me.

Scripture is full of people that have some of the traits this quote describes. Most powerfully in the prophets who tell the truth and take incredible risks to bear God’s presence to the people. John the Baptist, the last of the prophets is even beheaded by Herod for bearing witness to Jesus, the Lamb of God. Jesus himself would be whipped and crucified, appearing to be destroyed by the power of this world. But the capacity for sacrifice, a willing sacrifice for those who do not deserve it, is a powerful thing. In Christ’s sacrifice, the darkness and sin of the world are absorbed into each wound. Even though it kills him, it opens the way of life for the rest of us. In vulnerability and virtue we are called to the foot of the cross to kneel and become, like the children in Narnia, the queens and kings we were made to be.