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“Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.” – Simone Weil
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“I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
As I have mentioned before, Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God or heaven being among you or within you (Luke 17:21).
The loving realm of spacious freedom (like the sky) is always available within you.
When you connect to this place, although it’s not really a place but a state of being, you have total peace no matter what your life situation is.
So, in today’s scripture, Jesus is saying that whatever you bind up on earth, in other words, whatever you cling to and attach yourself to in life, will remain bound up in your interior state of being.
It will stifle your freedom and peace.
Whatever you loose on earth, whatever you let go of and detach from, will be released in your interior state of being.
These are the keys to your freedom and peace.
Jesus goes on to say, “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do” (Matthew 16:23).
This should give us all pause.
Before being so sure we are right and others are wrong, we would do well to try to analyze why we judge the way we do.
What is our cultural and educational training that created the lens through which we view and judge the world?
Jesus reflects the thinking of God who is Love (1 John 4:8).
Jesus tells us to love all people – even our enemies (Matthew 5:44)!
He says whatever we do to the least of these, we do to him (Matthew 25:40).
Jesus also said to “Give and gifts will be given to you” (Luke 6:38).
Forgiveness and unconditional love are required to enter the kingdom of heaven, the place of total freedom and peace.
Detaching from possessions and other worldly allures is also required.
Are you “bound” or “loosed”?
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