Paul says, “When I was a child,
I talked like a child,
I thought like a child,
I reasoned like a child…”
The truth was incomplete –
the covenant was a contract.
God’s intervention was a quid pro quo
and my understanding was delusional.
“When I grew up…”
I talk like a grown-up,
I think like a grown-up,
I reason like a grown-up.
The Truth is more complete –
the covenant is a bond.
Mercy completes justice
and my heart is moved by kindness.
Thus, the news is incredibly good:
the incarnate one makes a Way
that repairs what had been asunder
that restores what had been lost.
God’s unconditional love
gives us the grace
to live in blessed harmony
with unconditional responsibility.
Yes, life is full of give and take
thankfully, Love transforms tit-for-tat
and seasons justice with mercy.
Indeed, “we are saved.”