June 17, 2008

Corpus Christi

"Too close!" the Mohammedans say
of that Incarnation folly
don't you know that Christ
was just a prophet?

"Too close!" the Calvinists say
of Body & Blood ingested,
don't you know the depraved
deserve nothing more than symbol?

Too close, it would seem
for God come to man,
Easier it be for man to sin
accept the distance
and do our own thing.

And still He did
and yet He does,
Blood & Flesh to initiate
the healing.

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Inspired by this:

Let's try to be impartial in our reasoning: Could God go further in His stooping down, in His drawing near to man, thereby expanding the possibilities of our knowing Him? In truth, it seems that He has gone as far as possible. He could not go further. In a certain sense God has gone too far! Didn't Christ perhaps become "a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles" (1 Cor 1:23)? Precisely because He called God His Father, because He revealed Him so openly in Himself, He could not but elicit the impression that it was too much....Man was no longer able to tolerate such closeness, and thus the protests began.

This great protest has precise names-first it is called the Synagogue, and then Islam. Neither can accept a God who is so human. "It is not suitable to speak of God in this way," they protest. "He must remain absolutely transcendent; He must remain pure Majesty. Majesty full of mercy, certainly, but not to the point of paying for the faults of His own creatures, for their sins." - Pope John Paul II

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