The Sum of All Love

I Thess. : 2:1-8  The Sum of All the Love 

“We were glad to share not only God’s good news with you but also our very lives because we cared for you so much.” I Thess. 2:1-8

The reign of God is not love of the world, but love of people. Today on Facebook there was an article in which the Mayor plainly said that with the Superbowl coming that homeless people would have to clear out of the down town area.  There was an article in the paper about homeless people using the bath room on the streets–it cost’s me $2.00 for ice tea when I have to go to the restroom-when I am working in the Haight –I am glad I have the money.

At the heart of this rhetoric there is the message of greed;  of the dislike for people who are different than we are; the lack of understanding of mental illness and drug abuse; the lack of the understanding that we all play a role in the lives of others and are responsible for each other.

Around my neck I wear an emblem of the three religions that have developed out of the Hebrew tradition: Muslim, Christian, and Jewish. At the heart of all three we are told to love our neighbor.

People are not easy to love, they are fucking hard to love.  When someone spits on you as was done to me the other night, when someone stabs you as has been done to me or shoots at you it is hard to love your neighbor, to have faith in humanity, but I know that if God can love me, so can I love my neighbor and I know that that day will come when we will have to look God in the eye and God will not asked us how much money we have made, how much prestige we obtained, how nice an apartment or house we have– but very directly “How much have you loved your brother and sister and what have you done for them?” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Within us lie seeds of awakening and compassion that may be already sprouting. Our individual journeys of transformation and spiritual evolution call us to question who and what we’ve been told we and others are, to discover and cultivate the seeds of insight and clarity within us, and to realize the connections we’ve been taught to ignore.

As we do this and as our web of journeys interweaves within our culture, cross-fertilizing and planting seeds, we can continue the transformation that is now well underway, and transcend the obsolete old paradigm that generates cycles of violence. Dr. Will Tuttle

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