Lent, Day 8

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The maleness of Jesus was certainly not an exaltation of masculinity or a revelation of the sex of God. On the contrary, Jesus accepted membership in the oppressor class of society in order, from within, to demonstrate the bankruptcy of the dominative social system. Only as a man could he have subverted the accepted definition of masculinity, validated the so-called feminine virtues despised by men but dear to God, redefined the true relationship between men and women as one of equality and mutuality, and destroyed patriarchy’s claims to divine sanction. (Women and the Word, Sandra M. Schneiders)

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