Matter, spirit, “Christ,” and women

Kathryn R. Harvaton

Richard Rohr, OFM had a great line today in his daily meditation. (They are awesome – you can check them out here!)

“The Christ never died—or can die—because he is the eternal mystery of matter and Spirit as one.”

I’ll forgive him the “he” because this idea is so thrilling. “The eternal mystery of matter and Spirit as one!”

I’ve been wanting a good definition of the word “Christ” for a while now. Literally, the Latin christus means the “anointed” or chosen one of God. But theologically, the “Christ” is understood to be something larger than Jesus, something which he embodied. Feminist theology speaks of Christ-Sophia as the Wisdom of God, the creative agency of God that formed the world and remains in and with creation, and that became human in the man Jesus of Nazareth. Christ is present in the “body of Christ,” the Church, and the “body…

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