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the hospitality of Jesus

As quoted in Brennan Manning’s The Wisdom of Tenderness:

The absolutely unpardonable thing was not [Jesus’] concern for the sick, the cripples, the lepers, the possessed . . . not even his partisanship for the poor, humble people. The real trouble was that he got involved with moral failures, with obviously irreligious and immoral people: people morally and politically suspect, so many dubious, obscure, abandoned, hopeless types, on the fringe of every society. This was the real scandal. Did he really have to go so far? This attitude in practice is notably different from the general behavior of religious people.

|| Hans Küng, On Being a Christian

I think that before we can even begin to think about showing hospitality and embracing moral failures, we must learn to embrace ourselves as moral failures. Does this mean that we walk around in a constant sorrowful state over our guiltiness? No, because an embrace brings no condemnation. The hospitality that Jesus demonstrates and further offers us, creates space for moral failures to be accepted, to be loved, to be given possibilities, opportunities, and the room for further growth and failure. What would it be like to offer this kind of hospitality to myself? To give myself the space for failure and growth, and to learn to accept and love myself as opposed to the false self that I have created?


About david b. clark

a husband and father || a student of philosophy, theology, history, literature, music, art, computer science


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