Apr 26, 2004

His precious death and mystical body
Christian postmodern theology wants to re-save the Incarnation

"But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained from the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you."
        - 1 Peter 19, 20.

Christ's death was an absolute event, not a moment. This death was not a funny thing that happened on the way to the telos. This is to say, his death cannot be re-acted like Richard III's, or retold like Lincoln's. This sacrifice was an event of a total singularity, an irreducibility and a singularity that can be subsumed neither to history nor memory. This: an event without the variances and partial existences of common historic moments, an unadulterated light wholly different from the shadows of time's span. So, Christ's death cannot be "remembered," but must be re-present-ed, because of and in this absolute singularity, re-present-ed daily upon our earthly altars and re-present-ed before the throne of God from before all that is was and unto forever without end.

We come to the altar, then, not for a play, not for a history lesson, not for a felt board show of wheat and grapes, but for an absolute event re-present-ed in profound singularity and irreducible mystery.