Life is the relationship between Father, Son and Spirit. Life is what the Son knows in the Spirit with the Father. Life is what the Father knows with the Son and the Spirit. Life is what the Spirit knows with the Father and the Son. Life is the Triune God, and whatever the Triune God chooses to create and love and redeem. Creaturely life – unlike God’s – is never life in itself, but is always given life, borrowed life, graced life. And, creaturely life is only life when is exists from, and corresponds to, the social life – which is Life – of the Triune family.

Creaturely life is not like a soap opera; it has an ending, albeit one that is constituted by a new beginning, or series of new beginnings. Life is a ‘proper story’ which although it leaves at least some parts of the narrative open ended, and not fully resolved, because it is authored by one who does not have to live in the same time as the story but has freely chosen to, and because this author is unsatisfied to leave the story where it is at, or to let it be merely the victim of all that has gone before, it leads to somewhere else, even to a conclusion, however conceived. And because life’s author is life’s God – not any god but one who has in and through the life of one particular Jew shown unbridled interest in all creation, and primarily in creation’s priesthood – the story leads to life with God, life in God, life in life; it leads to life, and that without rivals. This is the conclusion of life, the new beginning. Such life satisfies and helps to confer meaning on the chapters and plots and subplots we encounter in the now – and maybe then too – on the way. Only when history reaches its time of new beginning – a time already begun in the resurrection from the dead of the aforementioned Jew – will the meaning of things be unveiled. God alone can make satisfying meaning out of history. God alone does make satisfying meaning out of history.

So, time for another cuppa …

One comment

  1. Sounds like the open trinity of Moltmann to me. Good stuff. I just read in ‘experiences in theology’ by Moltmann the quote from Job: the broad place wherein we find ourselves leads the entirety of creation to live finitely while bound to the infinite.


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