Day Thirteen, Second Monday of Lent
To claim our natural inheritance of unconditional love we must forgive not judge.
36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “ Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
Judging separates and divides and forgiving unites and joins.
Jesus wants us to recognize that we are all One with the Father of Creation. We all are extensions of God’s unconditional love.
The ego would have us judge and separate to prove our innocence and expunge our guilt. It is the old game of “one or the other,” and “what about them?” Jesus tells us that these games create and maintain hell. It is in forgiveness that we enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus tells us that we are loved unconditionally and that we, in turn, should share this unconditional love with others. To regress into attacks, put downs, projection of guilt onto others is to make a hell on earth and deprive ourselves and others of the peace, and bliss which is our natural inheritance.