“I’m very fond of Jesus Christ. He may be the most beautiful guy who walked the face of this earth. Any guy who says ‘Blessed are the poor. Blessed are the meek’ has got to be a figure of unparalleled generosity and insight and madness…A man who declared himself to stand among the thieves, the prostitutes and the homeless. His position cannot be comprehended. It is an inhuman generosity. A generosity that would overthrow the world if it was embraced because nothing would weather that compassion. I’m not trying to alter the Jewish view of Jesus Christ. But to me, in spite of what I know about the history of legal Christianity, the figure of the man has touched me.” (L.Cohen)
This says a lot about Cohen himself. I always loved his music, reading more about the man since his death I begin to understand why. Many folks had mentioned Jesus to me in my youth, but it wasn’t till someone mentioned that he’d whipped the exploitative money changers out of the temple that that got my attention!