Scandal sounds a bit like sandal. A bit innocuous, really. Doesn’t do the meaning justice. Perhaps a dash of onomatopoeia is needed to season it.
There is no indigenous word for it in Ukrainian – or we weren’t aware of one – but scandal was definitely something people talked about in my mother tongue. We just Uked an English word – it’s said like this – Sh-Kan-Daal, with the stress on the first syllabus. It sounds a lot darker that way, and the sort of word you can’t whisper, no matter how hard you try.
I’m not leading on to a rant about the tabloids, or celebrity culture, but grace.
We really do struggle to grasp the enormity and simplicity of Jesus sacramentally taking our sin and guilt on the cross, and through seeing and believing the risen Christ, we find ourselves washed clean, and know so, and have a power in our lives that overcomes our selfishness, and is permanent. And people who haven’t entered into it, and see it, can’t believe it’s true – it’s too scandalous. Shkandaal!
What a God. Inviting us to the table in the sight of our enemies, and inviting them to the feast.
As Bruce sings: “Infinity always gives me vertigo, and fills me up with grace.”