Love as a Transformative Experience Part 1

The recent Easter holiday reminded me what a revolutionary figure Jesus was. I will skip the theology and Christian doctrine that developed years later and focus on the voice of Jesus. And what Jesus spoke a lot about was a radical concept of Love. It was love on a whole new level.  A couple of thousand years later and  it is still a radical concept, often not practiced by the persons calling themselves Christians.

We are all familiar with our every day love: Love for our family and friends, the love we have for our spouses or children. But Jesus took it a step beyond. He asked us to imagine a world where where our Love transcended our experience. He challenged our understanding of what Love can be. He moved beyond the obvious, the easy, the ordinary. Jesus was a revolutionary. He wanted to overturn the simple and easy with a new concept. This transformative Love included a bunch of people that were not easy to love.  He included the despised, the outsiders, the shunned. He included the enemy.

I will leave aside for the moment, the feasibility of this in the short term. Certainly, he did not publish a self help book showing us in three easy steps how to love the meter maid who just gave you a ticket. Transformational Love is something for us to figure out. It if for the long term. It is a thing to practice. This love does not come natural to us. Loving the unloved seems contrary to logic. But is it?

Like all spiritual concepts Love is one we have to choose. Do we want to fold this into our spiritual practice or skip it until later. Or exclude it altogether. Each of us does this on our own explicitly or implicitly. What we all choose what we want to include. even if it is to include everything that the pastor said or nothing at all in religion are choices to include or exclude spiritual matters. I think that finding spirituality is a process and understanding Love whether radical or not is part of a transforming spirituality.

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