In a foreign place

Enemy love and realism

It’s a cliché to observe that since September 11 we are living in a different world, that everything seems different now. But it is true. I heard Harvard’s Peter Gomes say recently that things sound different now. Phrases read and spoken for thousands of years suddenly sound immediate, as if they were written last week for us. The weekly reading of the Psalter in worship, an experience that for many people is simply endured, and doesn’t offer much intellectual engagement, suddenly became very relevant, according to one regular worshiper at Harvard’s Memorial Church. That’s been my experience as well.


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