Lenten Reflection on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
“A couple of years ago we did a water ritual at a summer Sunday service. When the time came, people began to line up at my station. “You are a new creation.” After around thirty people, a child appeared. I knelt to meet her as I have for years in the elementary classroom. “The old life is gone, a new life has begun.” My voice faltered. An adult was next, “You are a new creation.” Tears began to stream down my face. I was able to humanize everyone. Though I didn’t know them personally, the space between us was bridged and their eye contact, this ritual, these words, made each of them a whole life before my eyes. In that moment I began cultivating my ability to connect with the person right in front of me. In this image I have represented that feeling of the words flowing through me as new life emerges. Lines in the background imagine the pouring of the water, the permeating fall of the spirit. My smile is one of truth, honesty, and connection. It is the smile I find within me when I look people in the eye and greet them wholeheartedly. Growing around and above me are irises and fig leaves, two majestic species, here representing the grandeur of God in the fragility of a moment. Cultivate connection.
By Hannah Garrity
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.