… it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God, rather than holocausts.

Hos 6:6

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Hosea writes of God in the 7th century before Christ.  His words are reflected in the words of St. John and St. Paul in the New Testament.

God wishes love.  Not just that we love Him, but that we love.  Not knowledge – even of Him, nor sacrifices or rituals.  Love.

Is this not saying to us that love is the core of our being?  That we are at our best when we love?

This leads us to two complicated and ever-present inquiries and the tasks they evoke.  The two?  How does our culture enshrine love?  How do we love in a world of sin and transgressions?

Is this not the fundamental plain of our existence?  Is this not the measure of our culture and our health at any given movement?

Where lies and corruption are enshrined, love is lost.  Yes, where greed and a thirst for power are common, love suffers.  Likewise, where perversity, and lust, and envy, and hatred are practiced, love is the victim and so are we.

If God is love and we do not love, how can we be “of God?”

In every age this is the challenge.  In each of us this is the question.

Shalom.

Note – I encounter now quite often people who tell me that their faith leads them to ignore politics, that they reason that they are above the mess of present day politics. Their position seems to say: I am too good to be involved in this mess. Do you suppose God gives us license to ignore the evil as it presents here and there? Can we love when we take leave of those we observe to be headed in the wrong direction – living godless lives and imposing godlessness on others?

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