“The fact that we have bodies is the oldest and most universal joke of all.”
No matter how I try to plug this in to a search engine it will not bring up the original context. I have it in a journal that I keep and attributed it to C. S. Lewis. This quote has always fascinated me maybe even more now because it is completely out of context and makes me wonder. (Knowing him, it made such great sense in its proper place.)
Still it makes one think. It can be taken in so many ways. The ugliest, most deformed body in the world may also be the most beautiful soul in heaven (and visa versa.) “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows. Bwahahaha” I’m sure there will be some surprises at which we have a great guffaw.
It also is humerious that this body which connects us to other people is also the very reason we need to connect. We can hear, smell (eesh), see, taste (careful), and feel others. We have wisdom, understanding, and knowledge to processes what we sense. But it is all brought into our little space shuttle of sorts to figure out. Do we ever get passed the “original solitude” about which St. John Paul II wrote about concerning Adam when he was alone in the Garden of Eden? Even if we think we do, it is not unheard of to go through life thinking it is all figured out and we know those around us and then hearing from someone, “I never loved you,” or the infamous and often equally troublesome phrase, “I have always had a crush on you.” If a joke is a sudden and unexpected turn of events, there’s one if ever there was one.
There is only One Who is fully with you inside your space shuttle of course. That would be God. But I have to believe that when we are resurrected and given new bodies that this glitch will be removed – that the way we are united is in the universal Body of Christ and all of the barriers that keep us apart will be the instruments of our unity. Could it be this is why Scripture says that there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be made known or brought out into the open (Luke 8:17)? The walls of the space shuttle will be gone and we will be fully with each other – not fully each other as other religions foresee, but with.
I think of those who think this world is all that there is. What a lonely thought. As much fun as this life can be, to think that this is all that there is – is disappointing. Fountain of youth? Immortality in this life? No thank you. I am enjoying it but I only want to do this once. I’m counting on heaven and I’m counting on you being there with me.