Meditation for the Saturday after Ash Wednesday (March 4, 2017)
Readings: Isaiah Chapter 58 verses 9-14 / Psalm 86: verses 1-6 / Luke 5 verses 27-32
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How in tune are we to those we encounter each day? In my secular work this is usually a question I start off with when speaking about support for co-workers or family members. The same can be asked among us in any setting whether it be home, work, or at ones house of worship. I think it can always be so easy to hear the automatic response, ‘I’m okay, or fine, etc.,’ Even if we get a hint that something is wrong, we listen briefly and then move on. It can be so easy to neglect and go right past the ones we love, the ones we are so very close to. We have become so insensitive that we do not see or hear the person in front of us. We do not treat everyone equally. We raise some up and put others down.
In the book “The Power of Now” written by Eckhart Tolle, he writes a story telling of a Zen Master who overheard a conversation between the butcher and a customer. The customer apparently wanted the best cut of meat. The butcher stated that all the cuts of meat were the same. It was at that moment that the customer became enlightened.
The Pharisees and Scribes were complaining that Jesus was associating with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus showed us that he truly saw each person as Gods creation and truly listened to them treating equally them with compassion and love.