Liminality

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” NRSV

“Liminality” is the word scholars use to describe the period of disorientation between when a crisis begins and when one gets beyond the crisis. In this “in between” time we let loose of the old, familiar moorings and grope in the darkness for new ones to guide us through. It is the more informed term for a circumstantial rite of passage.

When Paul tells us, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away…” he is describing life beyond the liminal space, beyond the crisis that put us there. He is describing what life is like for those who take hold of Jesus’ hand as their new mooring for life beyond the crisis. He is describing the power of rites of passage in making all things new!

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