The strait-jacket of our humanity restrains everything we do. Even the way we think about this restraint is colored by our humanity. It is the inescapable conduit of every breath we take, every thought we think. We fight it mightily, expending much effort and energy to surmount it and operate on another level such as the spiritual. But maybe we’re missing the fact that the gift of our humanity (fallen or not) is the intended vehicle of our love for You as well as the object of Your love for us. This is a tricky business to explain, but maybe that is why we are so often duped by it. What I’m thinking is that it’s all right – even good – to pursue spiritual heights that may forever be beyond our grasp, and to do it knowingly.
Because we are conscious that our human nature restrains us and debilitates us in this we come to view our humanity as a ball-and-chain. It takes on a negative aura. Indeed, there is much in historical church documentation and spiritual writing that stigmatizes our human nature as “the enemy.” Yet, how often we miss the fact that accepting human nature is what You did. There is a profound and overlooked lesson in the acceptance of our humanity. It is indeed all we have. What ennobles it is that You have shown us that it is enough.
While we may wish to be on some lofty, mystical, transcendental level, we cannot even begin the journey without accepting and embracing our humanity – as You did; and Your purpose in embracing Your own humanity stemmed from Your great love of our humanity. Striving for a higher level of perfection in our love is a very human thing to do. If we really love those around us we will always be trying to find new and better ways to show our love. It’s the human thing to do.We do this with You as well – always looking for new and better ways to show our love. But first we must accept and embrace the limitations of our nature, and then we may try to stretch them. The one thing our humanity cannot fetter is our spirit’s desire to soar.