A simple way

Both Jesus and Dietrich Bonhoeffer looked underneath public expressions of religion. What truths, values or principles are expressed? Bonhoeffer wrote from prison (p. 167), “The ‘religious act’ is always something partial; ‘faith’ is something whole, involving the whole of one’s life. Jesus calls (us), not to a new religion, but to life.”

As I reflected on this, Richard Rohr’s daily meditation for October 21 arrived in my e-mail inbox.  Rohr wrote:

“As a general rule, I would say that institutional religion tends to think of people as very simple, and therefore the law must be very complex to protect them in every situation. Jesus does the opposite: He treats people as very complex—different in religion, lifestyle, virtue, temperament, and success—and keeps the law very simple in order to bring them to God:

A legal expert put him to the test: ‘Teacher, which commandment in the Law is the greatest?’ He replied to him, ‘You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.’ This is the first and foremost, and the second is like it: ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hangs everything in the Law and in the Prophets” (Matthew 22:35-40).

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