All in Essays

As I meditate on Christ's final days before the crucifixion, I'm struck by the paradox of the Incarnation both expressing and constraining the Divine. …Christ lent himself to the constraints of time, place, and culture by inhabiting a body, speaking in language and imagery specific to a historical point in Jewish culture.... Yet even while bound by these constraints, Christ claimed to fully express the nature of God. "If you have seen me,” He says, “you have seen the Father."

I have an easier time imagining seas parting than I do families forgiving each other when there have been generations of intractable resentment. That the book of Genesis chooses to end on exactly this miracle - divisions erased, a family reunited - says something about the priorities of its God.