Peter Gomes tells the hard truths. In The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus he tells us:

  If God loves all that he has made—and he has made everyone, not just ourselves, in his own image—
then the commandment to love God means that we must love all whom God has made, even those different
from ourselves, and disagreeable to us.

Interestingly, I read this just about the same time the daily lectionary reading was John 10:1-18, the Good Shepherd passage. John 10:16 reads: "I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd"

We have a mandate to be inclusive. sigh It's so much easier to stay in one's little clique. But I'm working on it.

I mean I'm working on being inclusive, not on staying in my little clique.

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