Words for reflection and reconciliation
The provoking proposal of Jesu
Part I: Compassion as a principle of action
The research on Jesus reaches a fairly widespread conclusion. Jesus of Nazareth was a man, perhaps the only one, who lived and communicated a sane experience of God, without distorting it with the fears, ambition and fantasies which different religions ordinarily project on to the divinity.
Jesus never speaks of God as indifferent or distant, uninvolved with the life of human beings or interested only in his honor, his glory and his rights. At the heart of his experience we do not find the image of a lawgiver God who wants to govern the world through laws, while threatening his creatures with terrible punishments or winning them over with wonderful rewards. Neither does he experience God as a righteous being annoyed and angry at the sight of our sins.
Parables of God’s Co...