A Collision Of Opposites

Last week, I visited Holy Island, off the North East coast of England. Since the 7th century AD, it has been a place of pilgrimage and was a centre of Celtic Christianity, thanks to the missionary work started by St. Aidan.

I visited the ruins of the Priory on the island and the ancient Celtic crosses caught my eye.

It’s thought that the Celtic cross has its roots in paganism. It combines a Latin cross with a nimbus – a halo around something supernatural.

The Cross seems to include both failure and imperfection. In the words of Richard Rohr, the Cross seems to “include and transcend” all our collective suffering. Here are his words in his book, Falling Upwards:

Life, as the biblical tradition makes clear, is both loss and renewal, death and resurrection, chaos and healing at the same time; life seems to be a collision of opposites.

We are also included in the hope of Resurrection. Everyone is included – even those (and especially those) we don’t think deserve to be included. That is the radical and counter-cultural message of the Cross. To me, it’s fascinating that this message has been captured in a beautiful piece of Celtic art.

Where have you seen a Collision of Opposites over the past week?

Image credit: William Murphy on Flickr