Mark 10:39

“Yes,” they answered, “we can.” 
“You will indeed drink the cup that I am to drink,” Jesus said, “and receive the baptism that I am to receive,

ouch of course we prepared

then you know your path
within our wayfaring

the consequence of congruity
in a multi-dimensional constraint
will come easily apart

the particular location you hold
will bring both result and
resultant disjuncture of changed behavior

living water found within or around
will claim its pound of flesh

for this we’re never prepared

Fortunately James and John had paid enough attention that they knew that they, and all, could come to what John Wesley called, “perfection”, which in his day meant completedness, fully partnered with the cosmos and one’s meaning in life.

The Greek Orthodox carry this on with their understanding of theosis or deification of humanity. The following quotes from www.greekorthodox move toward a needed partnership.

The energies of God are divine energies…. They are God, and therefore they can deify man. If the energies of God were not divine and uncreated, they would not be God and so they would not be able to deify us, to unite us with God. There would be an unbridgeable distance between God and men. But by virtue of God having divine energies, and by uniting with us by these energies, we are able to commune with Him and to unite with His Grace without becoming identical with God ….

As long as we are closed within ourselves – within our ego – we are individuals but not persons. Once we exit from our closed individual existence and begin, in agreement with this guidance based on Theosis, with the Grace of God, but also with our own cooperation – to love, to offer ourselves all the more to Him and to our neighbour, we become true persons. This is to say that when our “I” encounters the “Thou” of God, and the “you” of our brother, then we begin to find our lost self. For within the communion in Theosis for which we were moulded, we are able to open up, to communicate, to really enjoy one another … and not only in a selfish way.

And to this affirmation by James and John, Jesus says, “Amen.”

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