"Contemporary Christians tend to avoid complexity as being hazardous to their faith, and are thus unprepared to cope with complexity when it confronts them."
-Peter J. Gomes, Preacher to Harvard University
The recent passing of Peter Gomes left me empty. He was my never-met-in-person Brother-in-Arms. During this season of Lent, I especially will miss his freshly-written "living" words, but need to share them with you, readers, as you see fit to find his compassionate, intellectual, freedom-speaking challenge.
"Treasure is knowing that you belong to God; treasure is knowing that therefore you are not alone. You are not isolated, and you are not alone. Treasure is in knowing that you are loved and that you love because you are loved, and that knowledge of self and relationship and purpose is what treasure is all about. So that when you leave "everything," as we all most certainly will leave everything, you can take "it" with you, for it is the only thing you ever truly had, and that is the love of God."
As I write this, thousands of hungry parishioners have entered the Yum! Center in Louisville, bowing before the egg of Lady GaGa. Awaiting redemption and joyously dancing in the aisles to the latest anthem, Born This Way.
Behind my house on Merino Street, a similarly numbered multitude stand on their broken, whitebread feet and raise hands in praise to the strains of Jesus Freak Rock. Even the most acidically broken among us cannot deny its power to bring joy.
I saw Les Miserables in Louisville today, reminded that a soaring production of a Broadway musical can often be more church than church itself.
Hear this: Jesus Freaks, LittleGaGa Monsters, LesMiserites: Rejoice!
"Treasure is in knowing that you are not alone."