Binghamton Police searching for missing woman, cite health concerns

first_imgSusan has a history of health concerns, the department says. 72-year-old Susan Wayman was last seen on Jan. 27 outside of 290 Front Street in Binghamton, the department says. Authorities noted that Wayman is known to frequent the area of Main Street in Binghamton and is known to travel on foot. They say she was seen wearing a dark-colored coat, a green and blue sweater, and white sneakers.center_img The Binghamton Police Department Detective Division asks any individuals with information about Wayman’s whereabouts to contact them at (607) 772-7080. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department says they are looking for a missing woman last seen in the Binghamton area.last_img read more

Lazarus, resuscitation and resurrection

first_imgFaithLifestyle Lazarus, resuscitation and resurrection by: – April 9, 2011 Tweet 32 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: lent. goarch.orgThe narrative of Lazarus in this weekend’s gospel was obviously chosen because Easter is getting closer, and Easter is all about resurrection, or what happened to Jesus after he died. Lazarus’ death is a vague anticipation of this, and the point of it is to make us look at what it suggests, even if it does so quite inadequately.What happened to Lazarus was not resurrection but resuscitation. Lazarus got his old life back. Resurrection is not getting back one’s old life.That didn’t happen to Jesus, and won’t happen to us. Lazarus had to die a second time, that time for good. What happened after the second time – that’s the sphere of resurrection.One more observation in this general area. Within recent times, we have become familiar with what are called “near death” experiences. This, according to those who have experienced it, refers to leaving one’s body and ‘travelling’ in ‘another’ sphere, being conscious all the while  of enjoying an experience  which is ‘outside’ the body,’ and incredibly richer than anything previously experienced in the body. One returns at length to the much poorer world the body inhabits.Once again, that experience of rich life outside the body is not resurrected life, however one chooses to refer to it. Like Lazarus, travellers return to their old life and old body, and have to die a second time (or really for the first time), and die then for good.The first condition of resurrection in the light of all of this is obvious, and that is you must be really dead.One of the more striking things I learnt when I began to study theology was that in the Bible resurrection was not always a matter of religious belief. What was important was life – this life. Put simply, death was the ultimate tragedy.When all was said and done, as Ecclesiastes put it, “living dog is better off than dead lion (9:4).”  Your living little pothound, in other words, was better off than the king of the beasts. Only gradually did a perspective more familiar to us emerge, and it did so not from philosophical considerations. The Psalmist said that Yahweh couldnot allow his loved one to fall into oblivion. Life after death was a reality, in other words, because of Yahweh’s love.Since that love was eternal, its object, the fallible mortal creature, also endured eternally in some way, i.e. its life persisted beyond death. That was now the notion of ‘life after death’ or ‘immortality’ emerged Biblically.I keep wondering what people today, including people in the pews, indeed, I myself, really believe about this. The impact of science or ‘the scientific world view’ on how we think today is so unconsciously strong that for us an ordinary temptation is to feel, rather like Ecclesiastes, that this life is really everything. The rest is just a fable.The first thing to realize is that what we say here belongs to the realm of faith. It is based on accepting the word of God, not on philosophical conclusions or, more importantly perhaps, not on human need. The second thing is that no complete description of life after death is possible. Which does not meant that we are completely tongue-tied. We must start, as the Psalmist did, with creation. We – and the whole universe – were created out of love. In view of later revelation, creation was the first phase of a project God eventually intended to complete.The goal, the culmination, was resurrection, i.e., completion or transformation, both for ourselves and the rest of the universe. Recall here St. Paul’s famous observation in Romans 8:21-22, that the physical universe itself groans in birth pangs, as it too longs for completion.Biblically speaking, resurrection has two meanings, first as ‘life after death’ and secondly, life after ‘life after death.’ The first is the ‘intermediate’ resurrection of being, as Jesus said, “where I am,” the “today” promised to the repentant thief; and the second is the general resurrection of everyone and the complete transformation of the cosmos.This is what the Bible means by heaven, not a solitary discarnate enjoyment of God but the complete transformation of the created universe — the marriage of heaven and earth — of which human beings are an essential part. The reason that this does not come home to us as it should is that we can’t imagine a non-corruptible universe.Everything we know breaks down, including  ourselves, and eventually comes to nothing. Thus, we ordinarily tend to think that reality means entropy, and we never see “the end” as fruition (the coming of the Kingdom) but as decay and dissolution.All that we do, however, while we live, to build up God’s kingdom, everything done in the name of Christ, will not pass out of existence but be incorporated into the final transformation.This is the Christian vision of the end. What perhaps remains etched into our consciousness is the idea of the ‘beatific vision,’ which conveys the dominant impression that heaven essentially involves “seeing.”The more Biblical way of looking at the matter is to conceive of heaven as completion or transformation,  my own in solidarity with the elect of God, that is, with all who chose God by their lives, and the complete transformation of the universe.By: Father Henry Charles, Ph. dlast_img read more