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There is something indefinable about the male human that uniquely reveals the image of God and there is something indefinable about the female human that uniquely discloses the image of God and when they are joined we behold the divine likeness.

Nothing else in creation short of Jesus Christ reveals the divine image like the woman and the man together.

We see that this one flesh capacity is knit into the fabric of creation, into men and into women. One of the things that only these two can do together that reveals their likeness to the divine community is the begetting of new life in partnership with God.

The mystery is so beautiful when contemplated that it ought to drop us to our knees in awe, and it stills does. Weddings remain great celebrations full of hope and new life even amid bad statistics. Reverence for the mystery is why we adorn our weddings with things of natural beauty, perhaps all the more when we do so in simplicity.

Jesus reverenced this mystery when he chose to reveal his supernatural ability for the first time in the gospels by turning ordinary water into wine at a wedding. Jesus says that when the man leaves his family and clings to his wife that the two persons become one flesh, echoing earlier Mosaic wisdom.

Paul takes up this one-flesh theme and tells us that the self-sacrificial love of Christ for his church is best illuminated by the mystery of iconographic union that exists between a man and a woman. We can observe aspects of this one-flesh reality but some of what we sense is intuitive and inexplicable as with all things of great beauty and goodness.

Reverence for this bond is present in the beginning of creation and is sustained right through to the end of God's story with men and women, where all heaven and earth gather together for a promised grand wedding reception that never ends.

Humanity has aspired to live this one-flesh mystery for millennia but we are not terribly good at it. We tried arrangements of more than one man and one woman and found them wanting...but it took centuries to discern the error of our way, away from what was intended in creation.

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I have not read it. I want to but have not. I do like his columns for the NYT. 
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Telling and living the story of our salvation as a cross without an incarnation, as many contemporary Americans also sometimes do, is to forget that God so loves humanity that he becomes one of us–identifies himself forever with those he made in his image–in a startling, infinitely personal ratification of his work in forming us from the dust.

God is now “bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh.” The poor are made rich because God weds himself to our weakness. The “seed of the woman” comes to crush the head of the serpent.

By the incarnation, the cross is grounded in–and interpreted by–both the radical “yes” of Mary and the radical “yes” of God. There is a sacred cooperation between God and humanity here–a renewal of covenant relationship–that begins at the annunciation and is made more sure by everything that follows.

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Jesus troubles settled belief and settled unbelief.
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If a Christian ministry manipulates emotions or coerces obedience, if it promotes or induces fear, anger, hatred or anxiety, it does not reflect or represent the ministry of Jesus Christ.
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Jesus gets to encounter a lot of folks in their need or even curiosity or just plain doubt and anger when I make myself visible by wearing clerics; when I wear my uniform. Otherwise, I blend right in and no one knows that Christ is in their midst, unless perhaps my bible or prayer book are in front of me.
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God is the great janitor, kneeling on the floor of the universe, towel in hand, ready to do the menial work.
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The defenders of the classical idea of God don’t like the vulnerability of Jesus. His handling of sinners, his descent to the dead, his exposure to our fallen nature are not suitable to his divine origin. How can God bleed, dine with–touch?–the unclean, cloth himself in sin-tainted flesh (without sin), fellowship with the dead, love the Samaritan?

The particularity of Jesus is resisted by those who desire a malleable, unknowable God: Jesus is a Jew; he’s a first century male living in what the Romans came to call Palestine; he was formed by the Torah and the Psalter; it was his weekly custom to worship in a synagogue. He transcends these specifics but he cannot then or now be divorced from them.

He bows neither to our identity politics nor our xenophobia. His divinity does not require the metaphysical safety nets of classical Greek theology and all the specificity of Jesus enhances–never diminishes–his transcendence.

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