Everything Belongs

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“Christ was on every side, in every passerby, everywhere—Christ…He is in everyone – there can be no outcasts.” Caryll Houselander

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Matthew 11:19

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”

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Jesus is the one who represents the human and divine as the model for us all.

He enjoys his food and drink but does not abuse either.

All our experiences are for our enjoyment but not for our attachment.

Each of us is called to live as divine beings in human form.

As I often quote Teilhard de Chardin, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Note how Jesus is aware of those who judge him for his actions.

Most of those people were the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the time who were very dualistic in their viewpoint.

They could only see things as black or white, good or bad, right or wrong.

This is an eitheror viewpoint.

Such viewpoints can lead a person to being a very harsh critic and also a hypocrite.

That’s why Jesus said not to judge others but to remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you would be able to see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother or sister’s eye! (Matthew 7:5)

Also, please note the humor in Jesus’s statement!

When you are able to have a non-dual viewpoint, you can accept reality as one without casting-out anyone or anything.

This is the viewpoint of God and Jesus.

It’s a bothand viewpoint.

You can both acknowledge people’s shortcomings and not reject them.

You can relate with others’ shortcomings because you know and acknowledge your own.

Jesus knew the oneness of us all in God’s eyes.

Certainly this is how St. Paul could see us as part of one body (1 Corinthians 12:27), and how he could say that in God we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).

When we are aware of living in the Beingness of God and that all people and all things are loved, there is a greater possibility that our words and actions will be based in love.

We might face criticism like Jesus did.

Then we will also know in our hearts that wisdom is vindicated by her works.

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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