Speaking of love, at his last supper with his disciples before his crucifixion, Jesus said to them, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35, New King James Version, here and following).
Of this love, Fyodor Dostoyevsky rightly said, “Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams” (The Brothers Karamazov). William Miller aptly gave his book about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement the title, A Harsh and Dreadful Love.
We rarely see this love in our sadly Olympian churches. In general, they’ve become nothing more than loose associations of individuals joined if at all by a quite different spirit to attain quite dissimilar goals.
The hard and scary call: Jesus Christ wants you and me to join with one to eleven local others to form with him a prophetic mission group. Yes, he wants us as a group to get much closer to the land and to one another (in terms of geographical proximity). But he especially wants us to witness to his love for us by sharing that same love with the other members of our group as we get much closer to the land and one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples.
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