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Francis BakerMarch 28, 2024

The original sin was not an offense
that demands a suffering penitence.
Separation because of transcendence
is the issue; God is other than us.

The work of Christ is to span the chasm
between us and the wholly other God.
His work, not appeasement but at-one-ment,
is to swaddle us with our mother God.

Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection
made us into one with our great maker.
Brings us into oneness with everything,
Christ is the supreme peacemaker.

Jesus’ purpose was not to punish.
He did not come to make us feel guilty
or put a crowbar to God’s mercy.
He came to be in solidarity.

Jesus in himself is divine healing.
The shadow of others says, “Shame on us,”
those whose religion is separation.
He came to us to be the same as us.

Divinity became humanity,
took on our beauty and our misery,
so that what is assumed is then folded in
and we are brought into divinity.

Christ has already sprung you from yourself
so now you are free to be “Beloved.”
That, dear one, is God’s nickname for you,
just relax and let yourself be loved.

In the beginning, from the primal spark,
God was crazy in love with our earthy
humanity, made from love, to be loved
and able to love because we are free.

Sure, at some point everything went south,
we used our freedom for insurrection,
so there had to be a mid-course correction.
What Christ did was recapitulation.

His life, death, and resurrection,
the whole of which is our salvation,
hit the reset switch. What redemption means
is that we are a renewed creation.

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