You make a better door than a window! It’s a familiar schoolyard cliche that basically means, “You’re blocking my view, get out of the way!” Hopefully children (and adults) eventually learn more polite ways of communicating, but at least this cliche scores points for clarity. After all, some things are meant for looking at, and some things are meant for looking through. It’s no use putting a door where you need a window.
But that’s not the only way to look at it, so to speak. There’s a whole spectrum of transparency. On the one hand, you’ll find things like “transition” eyeglasses that become less transparent with more light. They get darker but they’re obviously meant for looking through. On the other hand, you’ll find things like stained glass windows with beautiful artwork and iconography. They’re obviously meant for looking at, but they really only work when enough light is passing through. When you get right down to it, some things are meant for looking at, and they’re also meant for looking through.
It’s a good reminder for Christian faith. Some Christians only talk about looking at Jesus, constantly repeating his words and actions. They spend a lot of time wondering, “What would Jesus do?” Other Christians only look through Jesus, focusing on universal ideals of love and justice instead. Each of these approaches make a point, but our Scriptures seem to rely on both. On the one hand, the Gospels are very focused on Jesus. Specifically. This one person. On the other hand, they also use words & symbols that point to something more. He’s the son of Mary, and he’s also the Son of God.
When you get right down to it Jesus is meant for looking at, and he’s also meant for looking through. To use the language of John’s Gospel, he’s a kind of bridge between heaven and earth (John 1:51). And for Christians Easter is the window that makes everything clear. Jesus isn’t simply a door. And he’s not simply a window. He’s more like stained glass: a defining image of God that really only works when enough light is passing through. For Christians, you haven’t really seen Jesus until you’ve seen him through the light of Resurrection.
Please join us for Holy Week and Easter this year.
The Rev’d. Eric M. Hillegas
Maundy Thursday, April 17th at 7:00pm: Foot Washing with Eucharist
Good Friday, April 18th at 6:00pm: Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm: Good Friday Liturgy
Easter Sunday, April 20th at 10am: Holy Eucharist followed by Light Lunch