Friday 19 December 2014

The physicality of the incarnation

The reality of the earth passed into Jesus, and the reality of Jesus passed into the earth. Or let me begin again: a human being is a whole set of schemes of recurrence. Which, in simple words, means that we are not enclosed in our skins, but are in constant interaction with our environment. Enough to think of the breathing cycle, or the food cycle. But also seeing, hearing, touching, feeling... and then thinking and judging and loving. The world passes into us and we into the world. The world passed into Jesus and he into the world. Walking through Jerusalem, I would think: these hills, these trees or something like them, they passed into Jesus and were lifted up to consciousness and language and praise and thanksgiving. This moon, this sun, this Lake... Even these cats, they are probably descendants of the cats that were around when he walked around. And then, these people - flesh of his flesh. How not to love them. Even when they, or some of them, are infuriatingly cruel and unjust and insensitive.

The pilgrims kissing the stones of Jerusalem. Stones!

The incarnation is a very physical thing. 

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