Tuesday 20 January 2015

Breaking boundaries

"For he is our God
and we the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand." (Psalm 94 [95])
I become aware of the enormous particularity of the feeling here, the feeling of the people of Israel, in the past and even now: we the people who belong to his pasture, the flock that is led by his hand.
And the huge political overtones. The controversy. The conflict.
Yet: love reaches the singularity of the person. God does not love in general. He loves this person, these people. Israel. I need to feel the particularity of this love: How wonderful that you are! How wonderful that you exist! And then, one day, perhaps, like Jesus, with Jesus, this love will burst its own boundaries to reach out, cross barriers, to other particularities, to other persons, to other individuals, to other peoples.
And then it becomes possible to say: "I love the Buddha." "I love the Prophet." And "I love the Latter Day Saints, and Luther, and Calvin, and whoever." The commandment covers everyone, excludes no one: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and your neighbour as yourself.

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