In Christ, God’s “yes” defeats our “no.”
Our “no” is a human rejection of God’s claim on us as our creator, sustainer and lord, a rejection that produces alienation and isolation, even from ourselves. In Jesus Christ, God unmasks and defeats that “no” and signals that we are not our own. We belong to God’s love, from which we cannot finally flee. Grasped by that love, we are enabled to love God and one another.
– Beverly Roberts Gaventa