One of my favorite aspects of O’Donovan’s thought is the way he manages to keep the two natures of Christ together in his theological ethics, yet without confusion or division.
It’s a point that plays out in various ways, not least of which is his ability to preserve the uniqueness and particularity of the Incarnation while simultaneously treating it as a pattern for human action. While he makes the point in various books, I found his clearest and most elegant statement in one of my Christmas gifts:
No sufferings could be like those sufferings; yet all sufferings may be conformed to those sufferings. No love can ever redeem as that love redeemed; yet all love is called to reflect the redemptive power of that love.
No one ever journeyed as Jesus journeyed, to carry the judgment of God into the holy city and to reconcile God’s people; yet all our human journeying may and can be a reliving of that journey. Lo, your king comes to you. Come with him!”