St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 18th September 2011
The Flying Eagle
Eagles are magnificent birds; effortlessly soar so high, with a keen eye sight greater than that in human beings. Ancient cultures saw these powerful birds of prey as divine symbols, etched on pyramids or carved as statues. Their image is still used to depict power, speed, beauty and independence. Eagle is also a Christian symbol which represents the resurrection and renewal. In some churches one will find the Lectionary or Bible placed on the out stretched wings of an eagle.
It is remarkable that God even compares himself to an eagle.
In Exodus 19; God tells Moses at Mount Sinai that ‘I have bore you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself’. Also the profound saying in Isaiah 40:31; ‘Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint’. Eagle is a sound metaphor that speaks of overcoming our natural impossibilities, weaknesses and seeing God as our very present help.
John’s gospel portrays Jesus as the Flying Eagle, who is above and beyond the world, with broad wings and strong soaring flight, who has left the cosmic heights and come to dwell among us.
For this reason, living under the shadow of His wings, Christ helps us to soar to new heights, to acquire a broader vision of God at work in us and in the world.