"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmastide: 2017

Consider what is said to you:  Love God.  If you say to me:  Show me who I am to love, what shall I say if not what Saint John says:  No one has seen God!  But in case you should think that you are completely cut off from the sight of God, he says:  God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God.  Love your neighbor, then, and see within yourself the power by which you love your neighbor; there you will see God, as far as you are able.

Begin, then, to love your neighbor. Break your bread to feed the hungry, and bring into your home the homeless poor; if you see someone naked, clothe him, and do not look down on your own flesh and blood.

What will you gain by doing this?  Your light will then burst forth like the dawn.  Your light is your God; he is your dawn, for he will come to you when the night is over.  He does not rise or set but remains forever.

In loving and caring for your neighbor you are on a journey.  Where are you traveling if not to the Lord God, to him whom we should love with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind?  We have not yet reached his presence, but we have our neighbor at our side.  Support, then, this companion of your pilgrimage if you want to come into the presence of the one with whom you desire to remain forever.

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