More Precious than Light
Gospel Reading: John 6: 24-33
Dear Community of Christians,
We can find a very important conversation in the work of Johann Wolfgang Goethe. The story, of the Märchen, called in English the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily, has to do with the quality of Gold and its transformation.
The conversation is conducted between the Golden King and the Serpent.
The king who asks: "What is more precious than Gold?"
and the serpent replied: “Light”.
"What is more refreshing than light?" asked the king:
"Conversation," replied the serpent.
You may ask what does this conversation have to do with the festival of Ascension?
At Ascension, we see the golden borders on the Casula during the service. It is expressing the mood of the human soul in the progression of the course of the year. Now it has changed from the green of Easter to the gold of Ascension. The word in the service underlines the process: “He lives in earthly being transfiguring earthly being with heavenly being”. The Risen One has given his entirely being to heaven and the earth. Heaven and Earth are no longer separate domains. From now on heaven and earth are in conversation with each other. With this interpenetration of heaven and earth, the heavenly spiritual-divine powers are again accessible to man. In the course of the development of earth, man had slowly lost this connection. The human being can now enter into conversation with the heavenly beings of the spiritual world again, now in fully consciousness.
And if the world situation has brought the threat of silence in the conversation between people, then the soul experience of Ascension, their connection, is of gold. It stands to remind us that there is a quality in the human soul that we can call the gold of the heart. This quality humans can manifest and make shine. This shining can reach the other, so that the lost connection may be revived between man and man.
Rev. Ute Koenig
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