For me, Jesus remains the image of the unconditional love of God for us. I can live with the idea that the gospels might not purely reflect all that he said, or the way that he said things.
But His life and death and resurrection continue to speak to me of the unconditional love of God for us.
Karl Rahner, the great theologian said that in the person of Jesus Christ, God embraced the finite absolutely.
That is a beautiful statement.
The Incarnation is the most moving love story I know.
I have to get back with that.
And forget all the discouraging things that organized and disorganized religion can do to people.
We can't let religion stand between us and Jesus Christ.
I have to remember that core idea: that God loved us enough to become one of us, to be born as one of us, to work, to learn, to grow, to be surprised, to "increase in
wisdom," with us, and to die with us, and to rise again to affirm that He was God.
That is my Jesus --- the wounded God man ascending into Heaven with the wounds in the palms of his hands and in his feet, taking the human DNA with him into the Godhead.
I think that Christianity continues largely because Jesus is the emblem of unconditional love for many. We learn our Christianity as children in bits and pieces; it may be years before we hear all the theology of our church or sect.
But we remember that image of the God Man who loves us, with his arms outstretched towards us, inviting us to draw close.
We remember that --- even when the theology seeks to separate us from that infinite embrace.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist is one of the most beautiful rituals of Roman Catholicism because it takes seriously the concept of being one with Jesus Christ. "This is my body; this is my blood" becomes our body and our blood.
Jesus is love.
That endures. That transcends.
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