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Weekly Message for Sunday, December 15, 2002
                                      

             "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its salt-ness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. - Mathew 5:13

        
Sometimes the circumstances and the people in our lives can dishearten us or make us weary.  I believe this is what the Master Mind Jesus is teaching in the statement above.  He teaches that we are "the salt of the earth" but along with this statement is a "caution" that the world can take away our good feelings about Life, our enthusiasm, our positive-ness, and even our self-esteem.  Even the ones we love can turn on us when we do things that they do not understand or can comprehend.  This is especially true when we choose to live a life that breaks traditions.  Many people in metaphysical teachings find that their new-found religion or philosophy is not so well received by their family and friends in traditional religious affiliations.  The same resistance or conflicts can arise when we go into relationships or marriages outside of our race, culture, religion or choose to live in a manner that others do not find "acceptable" or moral.  But, Jesus, the Jewish Mystic and Master Teacher, taught that we were to ignore these criticisms and continue to seek a fuller expression of freedom, joy and peace with ourselves and our choices.

                 The Radical Rabbi goes on to teach, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.  Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house." 
He is telling us here to "rise above" the petty criticisms and the judgments that are against us.  If we raise our consciousness to a higher level of understanding and love, we can bless those who criticize us and attempt to hurt us with their judgments ...... but, if we do not "rise above" we will end up "hiding our light under a bushel," in other words, living our life in fear of what people are saying about us or that somehow their approval is necessary for us to enjoy a harmonious, peaceful and prosperous life.  So many of us walk around in fear.  Fear that we don't meet with someone else's approval or that we don't "measure up" to the standards that the world has set for success or even character.  Traditional church people use the word "sinner" but even some people in metaphysical teachings will use the statement "they just don't have the consciousness."  Too many people are so quick to judge others as failures or inferiors that they forget that the "failure" or the "inferiority" is in their own consciousness .... and many do not even have the spiritual awareness to even consider this truth.

           All of this is judgment and misunderstanding of our purpose on this planet.  But the Master Teacher Jesus tells us what we are to do in no uncertain terms ..... "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."  We are to live in the understanding that as we seek a Good Life, that God, Infinite Good, will demonstrate through us, as us and for us, a Good Life .... and then our critics can observe how happy and gloriously enthusiastic we are about this Life we are living.  This is a Masterful Teaching from Jesus who understood that "faith without works .... is no faith at all."  We will know our faith by our works; our enthusiasm, our joy, our love, and our understanding that we "are the salt of the earth!"

                     

 And So It Is! 
Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates                          

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