Into the sphere of the “same” (the familiar, the customary, the business-as-usual) burst the “advent” or the “event” of the “other,” of the “coming of the other,” which makes the “same” tremble and reconfigure. (p.26)
What Would Jesus Deconstruct – John D. Caputo
Caputo’s definition of deconstruction gets at what I think is happening in my thinking about transformation.
And I think it also is commentary on the light passage immediately following the Jonah liminality section.
Luke 11.33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”
The traditional rendering of this passage has v. 33 as an injunction to evangelize. But the rest of the passage is talking about personal lighting or en-lighting or can I say…en-lightenment?
When you are seeing clearly, when you aren’t in the dark, when you are living life not hypnotized by culture you are having your eye function as a lamp. A lamp bringing light into your whole being. My experience with this is probably like yours, we all have ah-ha moments. But the challenge is how do we keep ah-ha moments from becoming a monument to yesterday’s experience? In other words how do we insure that today’s ah-ha doesn’t become the enemy of new ah-has?
I think this is Caputo’s concern. When the “otherness” of truth becomes “same” (familiar, pedestrian and “so 1980’s”) aren’t we running the risk of the truth being tamed and domesticated?
Is it possible Jesus is trying to say something like that here? When some light gets in, let it keep getting in. Let your whole being be effected by it. Let is permeate other quadrants and recesses that need to light. Read carefully vv. 34-36 and the tautology of it, the redundancy of it is striking.
I wonder if Jesus is concerned that truth, insight, enlightenment in a moment become so familiar that we stop the process, think we have arrived and camp on yesterday’s terrain not realizing each day can be a new fresh ah-ha.
And how does that fit into transformation? More to come!
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