I went on a journey….to Africa…about a month ago today and I think I’m still there, well part of me anyways and I’m not sure if I want the rest of me to come back here. But I did bring back photos and memories, thoughts, experiences and a new passion to fight for justice of the oppressed and the needy and a new approach on love. You can love with your words, whether they are written or spoken and you can love with your actions. Everything we did for someone else, while on this adventure, was out of love; and it was beautiful to be selfless and be around selflessness for a change.
Photo Credit:: Adam Robles
- July 03, 2013 -
Good for Something
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of too much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau
To Love Well
For Sunday, June 16, 2013
– Luke 7:36-8:3
Immediate compassionate response trumps premeditated politeness. The host was thoughtful, no doubt, well-meaning and polite, curious about Jesus, but from a bit of a distance. The ‘sinning city woman’ knew nothing of distance. She was all-out passion. If the host was a small breeze, she was a blast of wind, a tangle of tears and kisses and hair. Intimate. You might say, inappropriate.
The host saw the unfolding action as opportunity to judge; Jesus simply received. Self-love deep enough, secure enough, makes other-love possible. The host had not enough inner resources for such loving attention as this. The dried up heart confuses rules and regulations for real caring, judgment for love. Even the ultimate words of love–”you are forgiven”–are misconstrued. “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” the guests ask among themselves. Why would they not ask, “Who is this, who loves so fully?”
To love well is not to follow a set of rules for loving well. To love well is to follow the tug of a thread that draws us toward this one who loves. The thread takes us where he is, this one who captures our heart. The woman bringing all she had did not premeditate how she could make a scene and disrupt Simon’s dinner party. She herself surely did not yet know how disruptive real love can be. She simply followed the thread.
Love beckoned. What could she do but respond?
—By: Kayla McClurg
Season and Scripture: Luke, Ordinary Time C
The Man Who Has Many Answers
The man who has many answers
is often found
in the theaters of information
where he offers, graciously,
his deep findings.
While the man who has only questions,
to comfort himself, makes music.
Source: A Thousand Mornings