Photo taken in Applecross, Scotland
...Jesus created a scandal for devout, religious Palestinian Jews: the absolutely unpardonable thing was not his concern for the sick, the cripples, the lepers, the possessed...not even his partnership 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, existing as an eradicable evil, on the fringe of every society. This was the real scandal. Did he really have to go so far?...What kind of dangerous and naive love is this, which does not know its limits: the frontiers between fellow countrymen and foreigners, party members and non-members, between neighbours and distant people, between honourable and dishonourable callings, between moral and immoral, good and bad people? As if dissociation were not absolutely necessary here. As if we ought not to judge in these cases. As if we could always forgive in these circumstances.
Because the shining sun and the falling rain are given both to those who love God and to those who reject God, the compassion of the Son embraces those who are still living in sin. The Pharisee lurking within all of us shuns sinners. Jesus turns toward them with gracious kindness. He sustains His attention throughout their lives for the sake of their conversion 'which is always possible to the very last moment."
Brennan Manning quoting Johannes B Metz, Poverty of Spirit in ABBA'S CHILD
Note on B Metz, Poverty of Spirit - This fifty-three page spiritual classic, in its umpteenth printing, captures in words of compelling beauty and insight the key message of the gospel: our great human possibilities are realized only through our radical dependence on God, our poverty of spirit.