Jesus: Relentless and Tender (Brennan Manning)

The Lion of Judah in his present risenness pursues, tracks, and stalks us here and now. When we cry out with Jeremiah,

Brennan Manning (1934-2013)
Brennan Manning (1934-2013)

“Enough already! Leave me alone in my melancholy,” the Shepherd replies, “I will not leave you alone. You are mine. I know each of my sheep by name. You belong to me. If you think I am finished with you, if you think I am a small god that you can keep at a safe distance, I will pounce upon you like a roaring lion, tear you to pieces, rip you to shreds, and break every bone in your body. Then I will mend you, cradle you in my arms, and kiss you tenderly.” 

…The Lion who will kill all that separates us from him; the Lamb who was killed to mend that separation – both are symbols and synonyms for Jesus. Relentlessness and tenderness; indivisible aspects of the Divine Reality.

from Reflections for Ragamuffins by Brennan Manning

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