In Christ, Christ is complete. Yet Christ is only complete in Christ-self because of the perfect relationship Christ has within the Trinity and Creation. All of the members of the Trinity are One, complete in their unique selves but in prefect union with each other.
Likewise, created in the image of God, each human has in him or herself the full potential of God’s completeness. Humans are capable of divine actualization, yet can only reach their full potential in relational union with Christ and Creation. This is why Jesus quotes the Psalmist, “You are gods; you are all children of the Most High” (Ps 82:6, NLT).
Christian marriage is the sacrament meant to demonstrate such a potential. The two can become one in Christ, complete in him or herself, yet committed to a progressive union which transcends his or her ego.
Any system of thought that emphasizes the full freedom and potential divine actualization of the individual yet does not correspondingly emphasize the necessity of relational union with Christ and Creation is an empty dogma encouraging selfishness and narcissism.
Christian faith paradoxically accentuates the union of the human and the divine, the self and the other, the spiritual and the material, the eternal and the temporal, the sacred and the profane, and can do so because of the matchless beauty of the completeness of Christ.
© Paul Dordal, 2015