formation & disorientation

from Sing a New Song, Timothy Radcliffe OP

We have to lose Christ if we are to find him again, astonishingly alive and unexpectedly close . We have to let him go, be desolate, grieve for his absence, so that we may discover God closer to us than we could ever have imagined. If we do not go through that experience, then we will be stuck in a childish and infantile relationship with God. It belongs to our formation that we may become disoriented, like Mary confused in the garden, not knowing what is happening. Otherwise we can never be surprised by a new intimacy with the risen Lord. And it must happen again and again… The lost Lord appears and speaks to her, and then tells her to let him go again: ‘Do not cling to me.’

Radcliffe, p. 163

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