Furious Love

“The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation. Not to make people with better morals but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love. This, my friend, is what it really means to be a Christian.”

— Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God

Christ With Mocking Soldier, Carl Bloch, 1880

Bloch-Mocking-of-Christ

Happy Easter

xoxo

8 thoughts on “Furious Love

  1. Derek says:

    Happy Holidays from Australia

    Derek
    Brisbane, Australia

  2. youngallan says:

    I love Brennan Manning and his “Ragamuffin Gospel”…got to hear him in person once…powerful stuff.

    • artmodel says:

      youngallan,

      I don’t think there’s anyone who has read The Ragamuffin Gospel who hasn’t been deeply affected by it. How lucky you are to have seen Manning in person!

      Thanks for your comments!

      Claudia

  3. fredh1 says:

    Happy Easter, Claudia!

  4. Bill says:

    It’s a thought-provoking quote. I think that we have to begin with the sense that something is wrong, that something is flawed, in a Creation that is supposed to match the beauty that is its birthright. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, we may call it “original sin”, but I think that many other people perceive this as well.

    For us to address that gap/chasm in our own lives does take passion — but the degree of passion is largely determined by personal temperament. We all have our individual gifts and our roles to play — some will be more “extravagant”, others more circumspect — but, for me, Easter provides both the opportunity and obligation to bring our ideals to actual fruition.

    • artmodel says:

      Bill,

      I love your ruminations about the meaning of Easter and our obligations. Yes, I chose this quote, after considering several, because it is thought-provoking. Manning is beloved by many, also controversial to some. I think his writing is so expressive and compelling.

      Indeed, personal temperament comes into play, like you mentioned. And that’s what is so wonderful about faith in general. Some yell from the rooftops, others quietly do their works.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Happy Easter!

      Claudia

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