I posted some thoughts inspired by Fleming Rutledge’s article calling for the recognition of a school of theological thought that she named “Apocalyptic”. The key characteristic of which, in my thinking, is that the event of the Triduum, both historic and ongoing, is the fundamental revelation of God to the world.
Ben Myers, using Rutlege’s term but in a slightly different way, gave a paper recently on Louis Martyn’s commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. In Myer’s paper he describes Martyn’s view of the Gospel (the Triddum in my place-holder term):
“The gospel is betrayed if one speaks about it ‘solely in terms of the once-upon-a-time’. Instead, Paul’s theme is ‘the activity of God then and now’; his one question is: ‘What was God doing in Jerusalem that is revealing as to what God is doing now in Galatia?’ Again, the contemporaneity of God’s action is not a mere application of an event that belongs essentially to the past. God is unceasingly active through the apocalypse of the gospel announcement: ‘for Paul, the history of the gospel is what it is because the God who acted in it is the God who is now acting in it’. The saving event happens in the word of the gospel. The proclamation of Christ’s ‘there and then’ is itself the mode of Christ’s redemptive presence ‘here and now’.”
Read the full article here.
I’m very drawn to this idea of a dual historical and ahistorical quality (ala Bultman) to the nature of God’s saving action in Jesus. It’s a fundamental part of what we do in Church whenever we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. We reconnect (re-present ala Dix I guess) to the fundamental action of Jesus in Jerusalem.
I should probably say that I’m searching for a better term to describe what I mean when I use the term Triduum. I choose that term because it broadens the idea of the Cross (which Paul tends to use) to the full events of Cross, Death and Resurrection. It’s important to me to include all three, especially the middle one. I guess that’s because I’m so influenced by Von Balthasar’s thinking on the meaning of Jesus’ death. And I think we can’t put either the cross or the death into proper perspective if we don’t include the bursting forth of the resurrection.
Any suggestions on a better term than Triduum?