“Heart,” he says, is the core of our selves, what defines us, what we stand for. The author refers us back to biblical passages, such as when Jesus talks about the Great Commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength,” (Mark 12:30, Matthew 22:37, Luke 10:27). This quotation can also be found in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 6:5). The author tells us that our transformation comes from our love for God, through Jesus.
Faith in Latin is “fiducia” and means trust. Borg reminds us that the opposite of trust is anxiety, worry. Jesus addresses this topic in Matthew 6:25-34 when he says, “Why do you worry…you of little faith?” When we have faith and trust in God, we become centered in Him and so we come closer and closer to Him. Believing and faith come down to loving and trusting God with our lives.
Borg reminds me that love is the only way to feel and know God and his son, Christ. It is not an intellectual experience; if you ask for the presence of Him then it is there, always. We just need to be present to experience this holy blessing.
Cristina Stern is a parishioner at Ascension, Gaithersburg. Share your comments on Facebook.