Dear Light Group,
When I was growing up, Jesus was remote – way up there, inconceivably far away, wherever Heaven was, sitting on the right hand of God. I have Jim Goure to thank for making Jesus feel nearer, far more understandable, far more approachable.
In the rendering of Jesus’ life that Jim gave us, events that occurred during Holy Week, during that last week of Jesus’ physical life, were especially significant. Jesus knew this was it: he knew his physical life would end soon. He knew the remaining few days constituted one last opportunity to get his message across. So he packed the most stunning happenings and messages into this final week.
He had traveled from the north to Jerusalem, and the first dramatic thing he did upon entering the city was to whip the moneylenders in the temple. As much as anything, this may have been what got him crucified: he evidently did this at the temple, at the holiest shrine for the Jewish people. This would have been equivalent to stepping into the Vatican today and starting to whip officials of the Holy See. Not a way to win friends. But in whipping the moneylenders, Jesus dramatically delivered this message: “Don’t make money a god.” Taking it a step further, the message was for us to make our bodies temples of prayer. If our whole beings become temples of prayer, then each one of us becomes a holy place.
He had indicated that the Christ is in everyone when he said, “The things I do, you can do and greater,” and he reiterated this when, during his final week, he said, “In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” In other words, the Christ is present in everyone, and when we give other people Divine Love and Light, we feed them with that which they need. Jesus also used the Last Supper as yet another opportunity to bring home to his disciples his core message that they, too, were the Christ: “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it and brake it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ’Take. Eat. This is my body.’ And he took the cup and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink ye all of it, for this is the blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.’” The simple message: Every time you eat and drink, you are the Christ.
Jesus did not hold himself as being high and on a throne. He equated himself with the rest of us. Others called him the Son of God, but he usually called himself the son of man. He even called Judas “friend” at the moment that Judas betrayed him.
Jesus also gave the great commandments of love during this final week: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, mind, and soul. This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like unto it: thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” And love he did, so poignantly, during his last week, telling us, for all time, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
This Saturday, let us give thanks for all that we have been given. You might want to try a prayer such as, ‘Thank you, God, for our friend, Jesus, who brought to us the knowing that each one of us is the Christ. Thank you, God, for the Christ that lives within me. Thank you, God, for the Christ that lives within everyone. Thank you, God, for the Christ that lives within everything. Thank you, God, for this spirit of the Christ that fills and surrounds Earth. Let the glow from this Christ light up all lives. Let the glow from this Christ light up the universe. Thank you, God, for the glory of Thy Christ, filling and surrounding all of creation. Amen.”
Love and Light,