In my talk on Sunday we shared about loving our neighbours, and I pointed out that this is vastly different than being nice to them. I remarked then that real love, the Jesus kind, is potentially life-threatening.
So when I saw this quote tonight I smiled:
To be “thought of” kindly by many and to “think of” them kindly is only a diluted benevolence, a collective illusion of friendship. Its function is not the sharing of love but complicity in a mutual reassurance that is based on nothing. Instead of cultivating this diffuse aura of benevolence, you should enter with trepidation into the deep and genuine concern for those few persons God has committed to your care.
Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (via Inward/Outward)