The missing Ambigua 41

by Andrea Elizabeth

Hurray, I found at least part of it on an Anglican site , but it doesn’t go into how the Virgin birth united the division between male and female.

“2 Maximos the Confessor, ambig. (De ambigua) 41 (PG 91, 1305BC): “For this reason (for the union with God) the human being is brought in as the last thing to come to being, a sort of natural summing up of the whole, who by nature mediated between the extremes, uniting what by nature is separated. In this way the human being brings all things to God as their source, in a process of unification, beginning with our own dividedness and through mediation drawing closer to God in a coherent ordering, so that the boundary of our highest ascent in which we are united with all things is to be found there where there is no separation. Thus in a moment of vision of the divine virtue we shake from ourselves the sexual differentiation of our nature– which in no way was part of the original divine intention for humanity-so that, in accordance with God’s intention, we as human beings appear simply as human, not separated by what we call male and female. Corresponding to this original plan we are no longer divided by the parts we now have, and this takes place, as I have already said, through perfect knowledge of the ground of our own being.””

There’s probably more to this particular Ambigua. My speculation is that Mary, similar to the way we bring and offer up the Eucharistic bread, offered herself up to God and Christ’s conception occurred at the Epiclesis, when the Holy Spirit overshadowed her. She represents all of humanity, male and female, to whom God is joined in the Incarnation. Also, the Fathers frequently juxtapose events of creation and the fall to the Incarnation, like how God took Eve from Adam as Christ is taken from Mary, so just as Adam was before his female side was removed, perhaps in the Incarnation, the female side was returned in Christ. Thus he relates equally to women as to men. Yet he was still male, as Adam was, and as God is referred to. But women are not an aberration of humanity, and maybe it is why it is way less weird for a girl to wear pants, than for a man to wear a dress. We were drawn out of men, men weren’t drawn out of us, and we are both made in God’s image.

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