One with Father and us

The Father’s unique Son became fully human. He did so to live in total solidarity with his fellow humans.  He is God and yet he identifies totally with us even in our sin.  He submitted to a baptism among sinners at the Jordan and finally to a baptism in blood on the cross even becoming sin for us. Between these two points he continually identified with sinful humans.  This was no easy thing.  It threw in him into an intensity of battle within his own soul reaching its culmination in the agony of Gethsemane.  And yet, throughout it all he was tranquil resting trustfully in his Father.

Just as Jesus lived in total oneness with us he lived in total oneness with God his Father. As he said himself, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me…I and the Father are one” This oneness meant he entered more and more intensely into the hostility of humanity against the true God.  For he was living out, in the midst of humanity, his own oneness with the God that humanity rejects. And yet he did so in total solidarity with the hostile humans. This too was no easy thing.  It threw in him into an intensity of battle within his own soul reaching its culmination in the agony of Gethsemane.  And yet, in Gethsemane, he came to rest trustfully in the will of his Father.  In union with his Father he wants to be one with humanity in sin and suffering in order to gather men and women into the heart of God.

 

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