Monday 19 March 2007

Translucent to God

“Jesus of Nazareth is the face of God turned toward us in history, decisively and definitively. All this life is God’s act. The church did not invent the doctrine of the Incarnation: slowly and stumblingly, Christians discovered it. If Jesus is translucent to God in all he does and is, if he is empty so as to pour out the riches of God, if he is the wellspring of life and grace, what then? He is God: in infancy, in death, in eating and drinking, in healing and preaching…. [H]e is there for all, because he has made himself God’s ‘space,’ God’s room in the world…. God and humanity are knotted together there in that space of history, those short years in Palestine, so that that history is the sign that interprets all history.”

—Rowan Williams, Open to Judgement (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1994), p. 60.


Anonymous said...

In the immaculate womb too..

Halden said...

Rowan Williams is the man. I've known I needed this book for some time. Problem solved.

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byron smith said...

Great quote - I assume you'll be using this in your talk? Will it be recorded?

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