Rumi was a 13th century Sufi mystic. A poet. A theologian. A Muslim. I’ve often thought he understood Jesus and the task of the church better than most 21st century Christians. These words from Rumi about Jesus are among my favorite:
“Where Jesus is the great-hearted gather.
We are a door that’s never locked.
If you are suffering any kind of pain, stay near this door. Open it”
The Essential Rumi, Trans., Coleman Barks