Plot twists force us to rethink everything in light of what’s been true from the beginning. This is what makes plot twists so interesting. In the prologue of John’s Gospel, Jesus is the “Word” that changes everything. He is the new twist to the plot that redefines everything.
“God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.” It is true that God has made us in the divine image. But returning the favor by making God in our own image is not an expression of gentlemanly manners. It is our shame, not our glory. We are made in God’s image; God is not made in ours.
Authentic Christian spirituality is fully human, fully embodied. In our culture, human limitations are often perceived as obstacles to unhindered union with God. On the contrary, it is precisely in and through our humanity that we experience God. Christian spirituality is not an attempt to escape our humanity but to embrace God in and through it.