The Gospel according to Matthew – (7:1-12) Words for our time.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults – unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the never to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,; when your own face is distorted bye contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, the you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.

Don’t be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don’t reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you’re only being cute and inviting sacrilege. 

Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a can and mouse; hide and seek game we’re in. If your child asks for great do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better? 

Here is a simple, rule of thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Las and the Prophets and this is what you get.”

We are reminded often, that none of us, are the absolute center of the Universe – we are not God and we are not perfect. As we are wounded, we in turn wound others. We are blind, but think that we can see. At times, I am convinced, that I know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about anything and everything and if only the rest of the world would see it my way, we could solve all of our problems. Arrogance is a tree that grows from the seed of insecurity and weakness. We share a common humanity and we all like to pretend that we have all of the answers, when we don’t even have all of the questions. We all need some lessons in the art of relaxation – and in developing a great sense of humor, learning to laugh at ourselves first and then at our pretense. We could let go of all of the anger and spite and jealousy and just accept ourselves for who we are. We all forget that the bottom line is to love one another and to treat others, as we want them to treat us!!!  

The Universe has been evolving for well over 14 Billion years, and our little planet Earth and our Milky Way Galaxy has been around for about half that time. Humans, male and female, created in the image and likeness of God, with the gift of consciousness (awareness) and freedom have been around for over 200,000 years and we, like all of the generations before us, struggle to understand. And like the disciples of Jesus, we don’t always get it right, but we join in the common struggle, with all of our diversity and human weaknesses and strengths, to understand – to see. The Book of Job in the Bible, describes us well.

Jesus said to his disciples: Peace, I give you peace. God walks with us and we don’t have to be God; it is enough to let God be God, and for you and me to be ourselves.

 

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