Thursday, October 07, 2010

No Need to Beat Myself

Sparkling October, repeatedly drowning (and coming to shore again) after the triggering of old traumatic wounds, and two gospel quotes keep me company:

1) "No one is good* but God alone." How comforting. We are not here to strive after perfection, because perfection is simply not available to us clay folk as long as we remain earth and spirit intertwined. (*The word translated as "good" in English, may be better translated from the Aramaic as "ripe" - aka "mature.")

2) In the parable where weed seeds are strewn in a wheat field, Jesus says not to pull out the plants we think are weeds. Until all have grown, we are too immature to distinguish weeds from good plants. Along with "do not judge," this is more or less a restatement of what Julian of Norwich received when she was tormented that "the great foreseeing wisdom of God" allowed us to cause each other such suffer. Jesus spoke with “complete tenderness, showing no manner of blame,” saying, “It is behoovely that there should be sin, but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."


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