Monday, February 16, 2009

Green Lanterns in Love: Kyle Rayner & Soranik Natu

I knew it!

I knew it; I knew it; I knew it!

All right - let me tell you what I knew and how I knew it.

In the latest issue of Green Lantern Corps (#33) which I did not purchase but browsed through, Kyle Rayner, our graphic designer turned Green Lantern and "Torch Bearer" of the GL Corps finally opens his heart to Soranik Natu, his fellow GL, and ends up showing some of his art from his sketchbook. Now, I know that sounds lame-o, but the images are not of flowers and sweet things, but rather Green Lanterns who died in battle. It is a book of his tortured memories.

Soranik sees the depth in the man and well - she kisses him and Kyle returns it. A dedicated healer and the walking wounded, a doctor and a soldier/artist embrace.

But I knew it was coming.

Hints of it were all the way back in Soranik Natu's origin. When she is rescued by Kyle Rayner, he's as pleased as anybody, and keeps talking to the guys.

But Soranik?

Look at that second panel! She's just awestruck!She just keeps looking at him. I mean Patrick Gleason drew her perfectly.

It's pure adoration and you can see it. Oh, and when did Kyle get the revelation to come RESCUE her? While he was on Mogo - and he was talking to the spirit of his dead girlfriend, to whom he joyfully recounts his adventures and wishes she were alive. His spiritual reverie is then interupted by an image of Soranik Natu being tortured (shades of Luke on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back if you ask me.)

But I was watching and well, you see it right there in panel two.

I knew it. I knew it.

You also see this "saving hero oblivious to damsel entranced" in The Matrix, when Trinity treats Neo so well everyone comments on it, but Neo remains clueless.

Do I have a spiritual metaphor for this?

Yeah. God is a God of love, right? And Jesus, His Son, shows us this love in person. Problem is, most of the time He trying to get us to see how much He loves us.

Rarely does He play with our hearts - waiting us out. But here, He does. He waits for a woman who loves him to see Him as He really is - letting her struggle through her emotions first.
John 20:10-17
Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"

"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." (At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.)

"Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

Jesus said to her, "Mary."

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

Jesus said, "Do not hold [cling tightly] on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' "

Three times in the Songs of Solomon it is stated explicitly "Do not arouse or awaken love before it so desires."

I can see the smile on Jesus' face as He says her name. I can see her relief and passion as she grabs Him.

What I cannot fathom is that He is God incarnate and is being so coy.

I mean, He has all this power to make her afraid and fall down and worship and He's just saying "Baby, baby - let go - I still got to see my Daddy! But would you tell my men I'm going to meet with them?"

He's letting her process the event. He's not forcing it on her until she needs to know she isn't going to find any dead body, so she should stop. It is tender, this waiting.

It is gentle and respectful. It is love waiting until it is the right time.

That kind of love is rare. We need it, you and I.

When you think God is being foolish or incompetent or weak, please keep in mind He has to deal with you. He's just being patient - and respectful. You may, like Mary, look right at Him and mistake Him for a servant.

When He calls your name, you'll come to your senses.

He'll light your fire, I'll gurantee it.


1 comment:

PAT said...

You get the no prize! (if DC had one that is.) I just came across your blog and wanted to validate your claim. You were right! I forgot I even drew that moment so far back in Recharge, but I always knew something was (or should happen with those two) So I had Natu gazing at Kyle as a bit of silent monologue.
And while the thought of you tying GL into the Gospels literally made me do a double take, I think that your conclusion "...please keep in mind He has to deal with you. He's just being patient - and respectful. You may, like Mary, look right at Him and mistake Him for a servant.
When He calls your name, you'll come to your senses."

Was very on point and a good reminder. Very cool, brother.

Be well, and God bless.


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