Sunday, April 8, 2007

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

...At last she drew near. She stood by Aslan's head....Then, just before she gave the blow, she stooped down and said in a quivering voice, "And now, who has won? Fool, did you think that by all this you would save the human traitor? Now, I will kill you instead of him as our pact was and so the Deep Magic will be appeased."
"It means," said Aslan, "that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."
-C.S. Lewis

Today I celebrate that Deep Magic, that mystery that is truly incomprehensible to my human mind...that Divinity is not held in conquest and possession and grandeur, but in humility, sacrifice and loss...that to find life, it must be lost and that greatness is in willing to be the servant and slave of all - including the traitors, the unlovable and the untouchable.

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