All of creation has the power to lay down its life. Summer and autumn lay down the bounty of their harvest. Our own lives pour forth daily their energy into various tasks. All is a laying down. We lay down our lives being generous, being forgiving, trying to be patient, with greater success at some times, sacrificing for the sake of love, giving back to others and the community.
All of creation also has the power to take up life again. Winter turns to spring. We awaken to a new day every morning, refreshed by sleep. Weakened bodies can heal. We also take up life by seeking healthy relationships, by using our power of creativity to give life to others. We strive to be good; we seek harmony and peace with others and the crated world. We hunger for a relationship with our God. And we succeed more often than not.
That rhythm of laying down and taking up is but the echo of Jesus and how he chose to live among us. It was God’s command to him, bred deep in his bones and spirit. And, it is a command to us as well.