This article from Fr. Jonathan is very interesting, and raises questions about the particularity of space and places and what that means for us. I’ve been thinking on and off about places, but more often in terms of their particularity: the way certain places seem to become characters in themselves. Perhaps due to my perspective coming from a relatively new country to the “Old World,” historical places can seem to possess a reality more “heightened” than most places in the US. I’ve wondered about the atmosphere some places can seem to have, and if there is something beyond just a singular human psychological response.
Fr. Jonathan’s idea, though, is to relate place to creation (and, presumably, embodiment), which is to put the issue into another perspective. It raises some new ways of considering the central (but oft-neglected) concept of incarnation–a decidedly pertinent issue in Lent. I’ll need to think about it more.