Do you remember the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair? With the haunting song Windmills of Your Mind:
Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever spinning reel
As the images unwind
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind
Circles have become a great interest of mine. Life seems to focus on triangles – climbing up the triangle of success, trying to reach the top. I love Vigeland’s statue the Monolith in the Frogner Park in Oslo. The sculpture depicts 121 human figures clinging and floating together. There are women and men of different ages and the top of the Monolith is crowned with children. The sculpture has been interpreted as a kind of vision of resurrection and our longing and striving for spirituality. When I look at it, I think of human beings climbing on each other to get to the top. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Back to circles. In a board room, the chairman usually sits at the head of the table. The legend of Camelot shows a round table. Circles seem far more effective to me. Meeting in a circle shows no-one has full control; all are important.
As Christmas approaches, the real meaning of the coming of the Messiah enters centre stage. Christians commonly refer to Jesus of Nazareth as either the ‘Christ’ or the ‘Messiah’, believing that the messianic prophecies were fulfilled in the mission, death and resurrection of Jesus and that He will return to fulfil the rest of messianic prophecies. Unlike the Judaic concept of the Messiah, Jesus Christ is considered by Christians to be the Son of God.
Emmanuel means ‘God is with us’. The circle is complete. God is always with us in our circle of life. He isn’t some Father Christmas figure who glares disapprovingly at humanity from afar, but is with us in our daily struggles. The Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is not a hierarchy for me, but an ever-continuing circle or waterwheel which empties itself and refills – the Father emptying into the Son, the Son emptying into the Spirit, the Spirit emptying into the Father; each part of the Trinity emptying itself and being refilled in this circle of Love. A waterwheel generates power; power for the broken, the lost, the lonely …
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