Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Abraham Heschel quotes from this week's talk

“Indeed, the sort of crimes and even the amount of delinquency that fill the prophets of Israel with dismay do not go beyond that which is regarded as normal, as typical ingredients of social dynamics.  To us a single act of injustice - cheating in business, exploitation of the poor- is slight; to the prophets, a disaster.  To us injustice is injurious to the welfare of the people; to the prophets it is a deathblow to existence: to us, an episode; to them, a catastrophe, a threat to the world."

"Their breathless impatience with injustice may strike us as hysteria.  We ourselves witness continually acts of injustice, manifestations of hypocrisy, falsehood, outrage, misery, but we rarely grow indignant or overly excited.  To the prophet even a minor injustice assumes cosmic proportions.” 

“…if such deep sensitivity to evil is to be called hysterical, what name should be given to the abysmal indifference to evil which the prophet bewails?”

“Reading the words of the prophets is a strain on the emotions. Wrenching one’s conscience from the state of suspended animation”

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Quote regarding last week's talk

As we started navigating the "Sermon on the Plain" in Luke 6 we began wrestling with the difficult blessings and Woes that Jesus laid out in 6:20-26. (You can catch the podcast on our podcast page if you haven't listened in yet)

As an addendum to the conversation I wanted to pass on this quote that I neglected to include Sunday Night.

"God has a preferential love of the poor not because they are necessarily better than others, morally or religiously, but simply because they are poor and living in an inhuman situation that is contrary to God's will. The ultimate basis for the privileged position of the poor is not in the poor themselves but in God, in the gratuitousness and universality of God's agapeic love"

-Gustavo Gutierrez