God-Intoxicated - The Humanity of Jesus
While I struggle with what it meant for a human to be divine (see below), I have an easier time grasping what it meant for Jesus to be human. I'm not talking about some huge theological treatise on how Jesus represents the whole of humanity, etc., but rather what is concrete about Jesus' experience as a man. Marcus Borg often uses the term "God-intoxicated" to describe the humanity of Jesus. Here is a man who walked the backwater of the Roman empire two-thousand years ago and was completely obsessed with God. Perhaps the Sermon on the Mount is Jesus' theological / pastoral fleshing out the concept of G-O-D. If Jesus was so God-intoxicated, what a dounting task to describe the Kingdom of God to an oppressed, desperate, and poverty-stricken people. Maybe we're not so far from that today. Maybe we, too, need to re-read the Sermon on the Mount. Here is my theological take on the Sermon...
Blessed are the people who can see beyond themselves and become obsessed with God. Blessed are those who care so much about their community (and not themselves) that they can see the face of God in the face of humanity. Blessed are those who can conceive of no other existence than that of unity with God. Blessed are those who realize that this humanity of ours holds us back, deprives our spirit, and demands confession of the things that separate us from God.
May you have a wonderful weekend.