A couple of weeks ago in a sermon I heard in my middle class suburban church, I heard that “God wants to passionately be with us.” Can we participate in, can we share that divine desire, that spiritual passion with and for our friends also?
There is a design, an alignment, a cry of my heart to see
The beauty of love as it was made to be.
Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
Eros is defined differently by different authors.
Edward Vacek, Love, Human and Divine
There is no escape from such messy entanglement.
Sarah Coakley, God, Sexuality, and the Self
The lives of the saints embody the relationships
that draw out this deep and powerful social desire.
David Matzko McCarthy, Sharing God's Good Company
Let’s explore eros or social desire beyond the bedroom. Is there a healthy and beautiful space for passionate divine desire within friendships? A few weeks ago, I expressed in one of my email communications with one my closest female friends, “I love you fiercely and passionately.” She received it with great joy! She reciprocated the love back to me.
Isn’t that beautiful???
I started to warm up to eros as a social desire few years ago.
It was such an “unorthodox” embodied experience for me back then. .