Reflection for the Month

 

From the Rectory . . .

I write this on Easter Sunday, the day that Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, his rising from the dead having conquered all the powers of death and evil.  Many words have been written about this event and the days that led up to it.  One of the most accessible comes from the pen of C S Lewis, that children’s classic, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ 

For those of you who’ve never read or who have forgotten this book the story, briefly, goes like this.  Four children, Peter, Susan, Edmond and Lucy get into the enchanted land of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe.  Narnia is a land under the enchantment of the White Witch where it is always winter and never Christmas.  There they are met by Mr & Mrs Beaver, who recognise them as those who could fulfil the prophesy that when two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve sit on the thrones at Cair Paravel, the White Witch’s reign would be over. Edmond has already entered Narnia and has been seduced into betraying his brother and sisters to the White Witch by the promise of Turkish Delight.  When it’s discovered that Edmond has slipped out into the night, the rest of the companions journey to meet up with Aslan, the Lion King of the Woods and his troops.  Edmond is rescued, but Aslan dies a willing victim in his place.  Later he rises from the dead, battle is joined and the White Witch defeated.  The children are duly crowned Kings and Queens at Cair Paravel.

C S Lewis’s story is an allegory of the Holy Week narrative.  Edmond is a traitor, like Judas Iscariot, slipping out into the night.  Aslan, like Jesus dies an innocent victim, but death cannot hold him because of his innocence and he rises from the dead.  It is the girls who accompany him as he goes to his death and they meet him first after his resurrection, just as the women stayed at the foot of the cross and were the first to meet the risen Christ.  And despite Aslan’s defeat of death there is still work to be done in building the new Kingdom.  So we too are called to join in God’s work of Kingdom building right here in our own communities.

I hope you feel inspired to revisit this classic yourselves. It’s a delightful story and an inspired allegory.

Rev Penny