Inspired by a view of the world which sees connection everywhere – Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ – we’ll spend 4 weeks exploring the depth and breadth of our relatedness. God’s call to his creatures has always been a call into relationship – with God’s self and all others. Hence, Richard Rohr would go so far as to call salvation “the readiness, the capacity, and the willingness to stay in relationship.”
This week we conclude our exploration by focusing on Jesus’ call to a righteousness which surpasses that of even the Pharisees and the teachers of the law (Matthew 5:20). Could he really expect so much of us? Apparently, yes. Apparently, we were made for far more than a life still bound by anger and lust and hatred and unforgiveness. Jesus would have us settle for nothing less than flourishing life, and a love that stretches beyond every border, even reaching our enemies.