This is a blog that I post to several times a week although not necessarily daily. These reflections are triggered by the scripture found in the lectionary used by many Christian denominations. While I am part of the Catholic tradition, these posts are not --or rarely--sectarian. I try to put myself in the space of a of Jesus Christ and listen to words that come to me as I read and pray the scriptures. Each post also includes a photograph. These rarely have any connection to the content of the post but are simply pleasing images that I capture as I make my pilgrimage through life.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Simple? Yes. Easy? Not so much.

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"What I’m saying is, If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face. But if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”  Luke 14:11
This passage is translated differently in the more familiar versions.  "Those who exalted themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted."  Unfortunately that understanding can easily lead to embracing a false humility.  The way to being exalted is to act humble, even pretend to be humble, and then you will be exalted.  Of course, that is just a more effective way to achieve being exalted.

The translation from The Message, used above, avoids that complexity by going to the heart of the matter.   Jesus counsels us to simply be ourselves.  Don't exaggerate.  Don't wear false humility.  Just be who you are and, here's the kicker, "you will become more than yourself."

We will become more than we are because we always are more than we are.  The spirit of the Divine One animates us and defines who we are at our most fundamental level.  All we have to do is get ourselves (the flesh) out of the way so that the Divine One (the spirit) can shine through us and illuminate the life of all creation.  Simple?  Yes.  Easy?  Not so much.  Prayer is the pathway.

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