Why Would I Love My Enemy? Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited


February 24, 2019
Yara González-Justiniano
Why Would I Love My Enemy? Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited
Readings: Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40; Luke 6:27-38

Howard Thurman was an African-American educator, mystic, theologian, civil rights leader, and prolific writer who in his time as Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University mentored Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thurman influenced King with his theology of nonviolence. In his book Jesus and the Disinherited (1949), Thurman reads the life of Jesus in relationship to Jesus’s context under the oppression of the Roman Empire, and exalts his love as a means of overcoming pain and suffering. Sunday’s reading poses the challenge of how to engage in radical love in the face of those who have wronged us. We will explore how loving our enemy practices the hope of the future we would like to one day inhabit.
Yara González-Justiniano
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