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In  “The Politics of Christ’s Circumcision,” Graham Ward argues that Christ’s circumcision provides an insight into how we understand not only the gendered corporeality of Christ, but in how we understand the shifting locus of gender in light of God’s economy given through time. In light of Christ, gender is “rendered part of a more profound mystery: the mystery of relation between God and human beings. Given over sacrificially to God, I am subsequently found in God to be more myself, my sexual, gendered and gendering self. But I have to be taught what it means to be such a self by the Christ who draws me into a kenotic relationship with him” (161).

About the biblical significance of Christ’s circumcision, Ward writes,

The circumcision links salvation to naming, weaving a complex relation between Mary’s body and Christ’s. For the cutting Jesus undergoes Mary herself will undergo when ‘a sword will pierce through your soul also’ (de; Luke 2.35). The present event of circumcision dissolves into the future prophecy while it floats upon a past resonant with connotations of shepherd kings and sacrificial lambs. Time is being governed; an explicit sense of providence is performed through certain symmetries: John and Jesus, Mary and Jesus. The brief action takes on a symbolic weight, a diaphanous quality – as if when held up to the sunlight of eternal truth that watermark of what has been and what will come permeates the present significance of the act. The action is weighted with mystery in the process of which the circumcision has to be interpreted (169). 

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