I have always been intrigued by the affirmation that
Jesus came in truth and grace (John 1:14)—
the truth that is grace, yes,
and the grace in spite of truth, yes,
but also the truth amidst grace.
Ears that hear, hear God—
clearly and consistently
“I love you,” on the one hand.
“I love you. I love you. I love you—
And, simultaneously, on the other hand, “You crucify me.”
And neither reality mitigates the other in any way.
So the truth of God-with-us, Emmanuel—
for God (boldly claiming to know what the truth is for God!),
is great fulfilling joy and a deep and inevitable suffering.
I know some who live with such an agonizing breadth
to their most intimate relationships.
I don’t know of anyone who would choose it.
And yet that was, in the beginning,
the choice of creation:
the cross already embraced for the possibility of joy fulfilled.