Christianity is permeated by a focus on the gift that we can trace from its first theological elaboration, that of the Fathers of the Church. The whole story of God's relationship to humans comes down to the fact that he wants to fulfill them by making them partake of his very life. The creation that inaugurates the fulfillment of his project models the human after his own image, constituting it from its inception as a call to return to him. God becomes closer still to his creation by also making himself, in the Son, a being of flesh. By dying on the cross for their salvation, he will be able to integrate humans – in his resurrected flesh – into the life of the Trinity itself. This, from the full experience of their constitutive reality: the experience of time and history would open them to God, and the earth, place of their deification, would be in solidarity with their ascent to Him. “The glory of God is the living man” says Irenaeus of Lyon, showing how the project of God is shared in his own life and defines for humans a story that is moving towards a return to Him.
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