God’s Answer to the Question: Who are you?

From Brazilian theologian Ruben Alves, in I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body, pg. 33. Quoted in Compassionate Ministry.

Sometimes we would like to know what God is made of. To know his sacred substance. And many pages of theological books and catechisms have been written to describe the marvelous properties of God’s flesh…

Waste of time. The Christians discovered that this man, Jesus of Nazareth, is God’s answer to the question “Who are you?” And he answers us, not with a treatise on anatomy/physiology, but by telling us about his desires. God is love. And he tells us about his dream of love. He places it alive, among us. Jesus of Nazareth is God’s desire. He is his choice. A lovelier, more beautiful, more delightful thing there cannot be.