Exploring the mimetic quality of love, specifically in how Jesus modeled the practice of love for us. In the gospel of John, words indicating mimesis such as ‘even as’; ‘just as’ occur more than forty times. Eleven times in the context of Son-Father mimesis, and twenty-six times in the context of Believer-Jesus/God mimesis.

I can mimic the action of another and still remain exactly who I am. I can mimic the technique of another and remain exactly who I am. But I cannot mimic the desire of another without being transformed in the process. For desire is not a quality separate from what I am, it is the movement that animates and gives life to who I am. To reflect the desire of another is in fact a process of allowing myself to become the image of the one I behold