Greetings to all. Anthony De Melo, a Jesuit speaks frequently in his works about not sleep -walking throughout life. We must contend with a mind that is continually bombarded with
diverse messages about how we should think, talk and act. The world is so materialistic at times that it is easy to forget why we are here; it is not just to buy and sale as Richard Rohr reminds us. We are not just consumers. We are NOT our thoughts. Indeed, we have a spark of the divine within us. Sadly, unless we pray, meditate, read spiritual material like the Bible, and see goodness reflected in others, we may not believe that we are created in the image of God.
However, we must not condemn ourselves when we fail because we will never be perfect. Only Jesus had full consciousness at all times. WE must learn to forgive ourselves and others- the predominant theme in Scriptures, if we wish to imitate Christ as St. Paul urges us to do. Our mind can be a trickster and we must watch what messages it gives us. For example, if in Biblical times, a person has leprosy, they are declared “unclean” and separated from the community. While, this may be a prudent way to protect the group from infection, oftentimes, that individual is judged as being a great sinner because of their illness. Consequently, consider how often we harshly judge ourselves when we do not
live up to our ideal sense of self! There was a recent story of a beggar who visited a church trying to participate in the service (YouTube). He asked for change and was spurned. In short, he was NOT welcomed by many. Not long afterwards, someone
invites the pastor to speak to the congregation. The “beggar” approaches the microphone
indicating he is the new pastor. He preaches that Jesus welcomes the stranger in His midst: they must do likewise! Many parishioners cry and lament their poor treatment of this man who of course is judged by his unkempt appearance. May we be cognizant of our internal bias and try to accept ourselves and others just as we are. Amen