Monday, November 20, 2006

Suckling on the Breasts of the Godess

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1st Peter 2:1-3.

While working through this passage at Xalt last night, I hit me for the first time that babies of course crave breast milk and that there was no other substitute at the time. Leaving us with the image of Suckling at the Breasts of the Lord. Now there are strong male images in the passage as well, so that leads me to the heretical thought that the image of God encompasses both Male and Female.

- Peace


PsySal said...

Gen 1:27 So God created people in his own image;
God patterned them after himself;
male and female he created them.

I always thought this should sort of close the book on whether or not God has both male and female traits. But for many people, it would seem, it doesn't!

Richard said...

I'm not sure of the reference, but I heard that Pope John Paul II suggested turning the "is God male and/or female" question upside down.

I believe he suggested that while God is neither male nor female, God is life-giving love. Because of this, he created us male and female so that we too could participate in, emulate, experience, and understand God's love (both eros and agape).

From this perspective, male and female both function as signs which point us to the deeper realities of the loving and transcendent God rather than as categories by which we may classify God.

Also from this perspective, the love between husband and wife becomes a sign not only of God's love for his people (with the Church as the mystical bride of Christ) but also of the love which unites the Trinity.