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The Dalai Lama's Impartial Love

I’ve been thinking a lot about Robert’s last post on “Impartial Love.” In it, Robert spelled out the challenging implications of Jesus’ teaching about the inadequacy of only loving those who love you (Q 6:32, 34):

“It doesn’t take much thought to see where this leads us. It leads us to the idea that our loving and giving should not be tethered to how people treat us. Even when they treat us really badly, we should still…

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Impartial Love

If you love those loving you, what reward do you have? Do not even tax collectors do the same? And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what reward do you have? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? (Q 6:32, 34)

This is the next saying in our journey through the Sermon in the Sayings Gospel Q. I never cease to be bowled over by this saying. I remember reading it as a teen and feeling quite threatened by it. Its simplicity belies just…

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Mi Amigo Jorge

I loved Robert’s post last week on dissolving the subject-object dichotomy. It got me to thinking about how we can move from subject-object (I-it) relations to subject-subject (I-Thou) relations with other people. One thing that occurred to me is that simply getting to know other people better—especially people we have tended to view as objects getting in the way of us as subjects—is one way to do that. With that in mind, I want to tell you the story of mi amigo Jorge.…

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Normally, I would go on to the next saying in the Sayings Gospel Q, but I'm going to break pattern and write one more post on the Golden Rule. The reason is that it just hasn't let me go. After my two posts on the Golden Rule and Greg's post on "Golden Rule activism," I hope you don't feel wrapped on…

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"In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers." 

-- Thomas Merton 

Love & Service Stories

"To the one who asks of you, give; and from the one who borrows, do not ask back what is yours.”

-- Jesus, Q 6:30, The International Q Project 

LOVE & SERVICE VIDEOS 

Lennon & Maisy
"That's What's Up"

National/International Service Organizations

Eudist Servants of the 11th Hour  Mother Antonia

Jackie Pullinger

Peace Pilgrim

The Simple Way 
Shane Claiborne

Society of Friends  Quakers

So All May Eat  Same Cafe

Mama Hills Help  Mama Hill

Homeboy Industries Father Greg

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A Version of the Lord's Prayer

Our dear loving Father,

Let your kingdom come into our lives;

Your kingdom, in which we don’t expend today on toiling for tomorrow’s bread,

but count on you to provide today’s bread;

Your kingdom, in which we don’t lug around heavy debts owed to the past,

but count on you to set us free from the past;

Your kingdom, in which we are like you and set others free from their debts to us;

Your kingdom, in which rather than being constantly subjected to tests,

we live carefree lives, in the present, under the sunshine of your love.

Amen.

Suggested Books

The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail, by Mary Jordan & Kevin Sullivan

How Can I Help? by Ram Dass & Paul Gorman