RabbiSacksCardinalEgan (2)NYU’s Catholic Center held a program: Community of Faith and the Public Intellectual Argument, March 24.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, formerly Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the UK, was joined by Edward Egan, Cardinal-Archbishop Emeritus of New York.

“To remind us of these counter intuitive truths to which all history is a testimony — a society becomes strong when caring for the weak; a society becomes rich when caring for the poor; and a civilization only becomes invulnerable by caring for the vulnerable.

As long as God’s love for us leads us to love others we will still have a message for the world and will still be heard by those who are listening.” Rabbi Sacks

“You and I have exactly the same message to deliver…you and I have exactly the same product to sell” Cardinal Egan

With all due respect to the Cardinal, the good news of the New Covenant is not “exactly the same” as the Ancient Covenant. Nor should it be viewed as a “product to sell.”

The New Commandment to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34), requires being conformed to Jesus Christ, which surpasses the call to “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Lev. 19:18).