Spiritual maturity and fullness of life involve bringing our outer and inner lives into harmony. God’s grace brings the shadows that are hidden in our unconscious into the light of awareness.
Jesus clears the temple so no one can make sacrifices. There’s no other way left to please God but to love your neighbor.
To take up your cross is to sacrifice for the sake of love. When we do, Jesus is with us, bearing the weight.
The story of Jesus transfigured, shining with light, invites us to abandon our attempts to figure God out, and simply be in wonder.
Jesus casts out our demons of shame, the feeling we’re “unclean,” unworthy.
Jesus’ call to follow is not a demand to go do something extraordinary: it’s an invitation to be present with him in our lives. When we sense the spirit of love in our lives, all we have to do is go along.
God doesn’t have a “plan” like a script for your life. But God does have an intention, a dream for you greater than you can imagine. Listen for it, and live in harmony with it.
Some people must have thought Jesus lived in an alternate universe. Well, yeah. He called it the kingdom of God. Our baptism means we live in it, too. Our job is to be good dual citizens.