“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” – Rumi
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Jesus said to his followers, “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you.”
There are consequences for our actions.
The point Jesus is making is that when you make someone else the other, in a sense less than yourself, it comes back to you.
Just as our negative actions come back to us, so do the positive things we do.
This really is much like the Buddhist and Hindu theory of Karma that says what happens to a person, happens because they caused it with their own actions.
I believe we will one day understand that we are all more connected than we can conceive with our human brains.
Richard Rohr writes about this in one of his reflections on his Center for Action and Contemplation website in regard to quantum physics where he states:
“It appears that one particle of any entangled pair “knows” what is happening to another paired particle—even though there is no known means for such information to be communicated between the particles, which are separated by sometimes very large distances.”
Rohr then quotes Ilia Delio: “If things can affect one another despite distance or space-time coordinates, then nature is not composed of material substances but deeply entangled fields of energy; the nature of the universe is undivided wholeness.” (1).
We are all part of this wholeness.
As St. Paul put it: “You are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
What if we truly looked at each other, all creatures, the Earth, and the universe as connected, as part of a Whole?
This is how Jesus could command us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44).
This seems almost impossible!
But, as Jesus told us, “for God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
We are all called to work for restoration because separation is truly a delusion.
Breathe in the Oneness of All.
(1) Center for Action and Contemplation website https://cac.org/quantum-entanglement-2015-11-12/
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