Crossing Boulevard

with Rev. Rachel

18 He is the head of the body    Colossians 1

Evidently a retired priest convinced them to do it. Go hard or go home, must have been his approach. The 21,000 residents of a town in western Poland donated a million and a half for the project. I guess folks got fired up at the thought of it. They would be home the tallest statue of Jesus in the world.

The picture is just a picture. The order of construction was not intended to make a theological claim. That said, the image of head being placed on the body as a final measure can provoke thought for those of us outside the Świebodzin town limits.

Do we get everything as we think it ought to be and then put Jesus on top of it in the way of a finishing touch, via some grown-up version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey? Of course we don’t, we would like to say. Fair enough. But how does saying that Christ is our head actually affect the way we see and arrange ourselves?

I wonder if engaging in a little Potato Head would not be of help, here. The beauty of Playskool’s product is in the way it invites us to appreciate each and all of the included part. [No one really thinks they have a Mr. or Mrs. when the trunk is missing ears, eyes, a nose, or a mouth].

The toy was originally produced as parts with pushpins that could be stuck into a real potato. Who knew? Only with complaints about rotting vegetables and the instatement of new safety regulations did the plastic body gain inclusion.

On that note, some food for thought from Paul Bellan-Boyer. His reflection on Christ the King Sunday:

The head and body are linked from the beginning, from development in the womb, to the way nervous system and blood supply and chemical signals ensure that the whole body is linked in a continually communicating network. And when that circulation, that interdependence stops – by illness, injury, or death – the body and its parts die.

God rules with a body—a body that needs us to do our part and to support the healthy functioning of other parts, such that the head that has been crowned can relate to and depend on us, per divine design. Our king calls forth kin-dom.

Ultimately, they won’t see God because our representation is tall. [Sorry, all 172 feet of Pomnik Chrystusa Króla]. God is seen when the body is well and at work in the world.

UncategorizedRachel May