The Embrace of a Lover

John Main
From John Main in The Present Christ: Further Steps in Meditation (1986):

Christ’s forgiveness of our sin is not the reprieve of a judge but the embrace of a lover. Our redemption is our being brought near–so near, in Christ, that we can no longer focus on God as an external object with the mind’s eye but are instead taken beyond all images to be in the presence of the truth, revealed in silence; the eye with which we see is the eye that sees us. Our vision itself is Christ.

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