By Buffy Boke, September 27, 2016
Our heritage teaches us that the fundamental quality of our existence is loving kindness. In his book, The Gospel According to Jesus, Stephen Mitchell writes, “What is the gospel according to Jesus? Simply this: The love we all long for in our innermost heart is already present, beyond longing.”
Covenants are about relationships. The amazing thing about the Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – is that the god relates directly to the people.
And here, where some of us can’t get our heads around the idea of this invisible entity other people call god,
here, where we translate these ancient ideas so that they may be of use to us today, now, here
here we say: if the highest ideal of our heritage rests in the concept of covenant
It doesn’t matter if that god really exists
What matters is that for millennia, we have been working on this thing called love
We don’t come to church so that we can join a committee
We come to church because we need the loving care of a community of people who need our loving care.
Our covenant with one another is grounded in our vast – some might say infinite – capacity for love.