Monday, July 25, 2016

Mothers Have Strength

This is Mamie Till-Mobley. Her son was Emmitt Till.

If the body is a temple, then it is sacred space. It should be respected and honored. Most mothers understand this concept, and tend to treat the children that exit their wombs as cherished, sacred beings. Most mothers "mother" the bodies of their children, and can grasp the desire of the other mothers around them to desire and exercise the same right.

This phenomena should inform our understanding of Mary's presence at Golgotha.

From John 19:

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

If the body is a temple, then we sin against God when we harm it. When we permit violence to any group of people to somehow "preserve the greater good", we show Christ that we take exception to his words. Prior to his crucifixion, he was beaten. From Luke 22:

63 And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. 
64 And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?
Blindfolded, and beaten by his own. Then whipped and beaten again by Roman soldiers before he was executed. This is the Christ we claim to worship while permitting drone strikes to "protect our freedom", while permitting brown people to be beaten and murdered by beige people throughout this country's history, and while watching revenge unfold against police officers by military vets.

Jesus said a long time ago that those who live by the sword must die by it. And our country has lived so very long by gunfire that puts holes in temple bodies, and by explosions that rip those bodies apart. If actions speak louder than words, then we are loud murderers. Bullets and fire form our words, and all of our statements are punctuated with blood and smoke. It is the shrill poetry of Moloch.

I call out to the mothers of this country to counter that mindless machinery. You have more strength than just your autonomy. Reason with your children that all violence begets more of the same. Reason with your husbands that the law of forgiveness has replaced the old law of trading eyes, and that none need be blind.

If Jesus' body was a temple, then so too is every body that exits the womb. If Christ's body answered the spear with blood and water, then his words carry the weight of one who knows the burden of travail.

If America has forgotten that the body is a temple, then it must be reminded. 

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