Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What do you really want?

Today is Ash Wednesday. As a Roman Catholic Unitarian Universalist this day has special meaning for me because it reminds me that I am mortal, will die, and am not just a body and an ego. It says in A Course In Miracles:

"The ego cannot oppose the laws of God any more than you can, but it can interpret them according to what it wants, just as you can. 2 That is why the question, "What do you want?" must be answered. 3 You are answering it every minute and every second, and each moment of decision is a judgment that is anything but ineffectual. 4 Its effects will follow automatically until the decision is changed." T - 6.V.6.1-4

At this time of Lent we fast and we give things up to help us become more aware, more conscious, more alert to what it is that we really want.

Rev. Marlin Lavanhar preached the sermon on 02/05/12 entitled "Love Your Enemies?" and he describes the behavior of African Americans as they fought non-violently for their civil rights and in doing so set an example for the rest of the world in how to love your enemies as Jesus told us to do.

We Unitarian Universalists covenant and affirm the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This principle encourages us to become more aware, more conscious, more understanding and we can only do this if we can set our egos aside. The season of Lent encourages us to do this with focused discipline and purpose. It helps us focus on what we really want.

The Course teaches as Jesus did that the goal is the Atonement, the At-One-Ment when everyone loves everyone all the time. Loving those who love us is easy. It is loving those who don't love us or even hate us that takes forgiveness, compassion, empathy, and understanding.

Have you forgiven an enemy? What led to your doing that? Leave a comment.

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