"We would like to see Jesus."
I think this ties directly into the "negativity fast" theme we've been advocating this Lent.
Because I think the author Dan Kimbal is right when he says, in the title of his book, They Like Jesus, but Not the Church.
People now days -- you and I, and society in general -- like Jesus and are hungrier than ever for Jesus: his compassionate attitude, his expansive nature, his Joy.
And at the same time, they -- we -- are as fed up as ever with "the church" in the negative sense of the word: its judgmental attitude, its inflexible doctrinaire nature, its dour humorlessness.
See what Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel writes about religion:
"It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society…