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“When you act out of present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.” – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the kingdom of heaven before human beings. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves.”
Here we see how Jesus obviously had contempt for the scribes and Pharisees, the scholars of the law and religion.
Jesus seemed to be quite content to hang out with the so-called sinners, but not-so-much the scribes and Pharisees.
This is because they were fixated on the law without regard to compassion.
What we have translated as “kingdom of heaven” would today be more likely translated “loving realm of spaciousness and peace.”
This state-of-being is readily available to anyone who accepts this free gift of God.
It’s within you and among you (Luke 17:20-21).
When you are present to this gift, it changes you.
It pervades you and then can be shared with others through your own presence.
But Jesus says the Pharisees lock out others as well as themselves through their own hardness of heart.
He goes on to say that in their zeal to convert one person to Judaism, their fixation on rules also hardened the heart of the convert such as to make him a child of Gehenna.
Gehenna was a dump outside Jerusalem where at one time children were sacrificed and then bodies of criminals and animals were discarded.
There were fires constantly burning there.
Jesus said the Pharisees’ actions were so detrimental that it was as if they and the person they converted were tossed into this worthless and pitiable dump!
The moral of the story is this: Allow the unconditional love of God to lead you into the loving realm of spaciousness and peace.
When you are present to this Loving Presence, as Jesus put it, “You are not far from the kingdom of God” (Mark 12:34).
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