Sometimes, we have to look through the weirdest circumstances to encounter God. This is a story of one of those times.
The more I try to love people I don’t like, the more I find out that it’s not just hard. It’s actually costly. It requires something of me, something sacrificial.
It was as if their leaders, the ones who claimed God’s truth, who called them to follow God’s law, who confidently declared who was “in” and who was “out,” didn’t really know God at all.
Condemnation blinds. Only love can see.
There is but one way to pursue Kingdom life. One reality to which to pledge our allegiance.
Remember how you thought you weren’t blessed? Why should your enemies be any less blessed?
The sin, says Jesus, is more than our behavior. It is a heart that refuses to honor the humanity of others.
What if fulfilling Torah is not about being right, but about being light?
Blessed. Even these, Jesus says, are blessed. “For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
What kind of Kingdom is this? And who could be its king?
When we talk about salvation as something strictly individual that results in the transport of our immortal souls to some other-worldly “heaven,” we miss the point Jesus makes that the kingdom of heaven is sprouting up all around us, here and now, as we share his radical program of unconditional love.