During our sermon series at UCC we took a look at the idea of Jesus "moving into the neighborhood" (John 1, The Message) and His reckless love for others, some who no one else would dare love. Who else but Jesus would strike up a conversation with a Samaritan Woman who couldn't keep a husband and end up having an entire village believing? Jesus is the one who found the paralytic looking for a miracle bath and gave him working legs to walk and leap. Jesus was the only one who could throw a stone at the adulteress and instead loved her enough to give her an unprecedented 2nd chance. His reckless love was shown in how he wept with his friends over Lazarus' death and yet showed the power of God through Lazarus' resurrection. He dealt with the crowds that cheered and the leaders that plotted with great love and respect of the Father. And as a final act of reckless love Jesus rose from the dead so that all people might have the chance to experience the ongoing love of God and Kingdom life.
Most of the time I don't give reckless love. I give estimated, expected love. A kind of love anyone can give. The challenge for me and maybe for you is to give reckless love, the kind of love Jesus gave to all that we meet in our everyday life. Instead of giving "leftovers" love, after we have judged, proven ourselves right, stood on the "correct" political side, and have vetted someone worthy; we should love first and second and third and then keep on loving. Once you have experienced that kind of reckless love that speaks to the outcast, takes up for the scandalous, shows compassion on the marginalized, and weeps with the broken-hearted you cannot mistake that God is real, alive, and saves through Christ. I pray we experience that kind of love from others and that we experience that kind of love as we give it away and let it go, recklessly! Then we will have it forever, real now and eternally.