Here’s the 5th reading for the week, you’ll find them all in Faith.
This is where Jesus told the diciples that he would suffer, die and be raised to life. He gave them strict orders not to tell. He explained that anyone who wanted to join him needed to give up themselves and live for him. Anyone who tries to save themselves will lose, but those who give their life to him will have their life saved.
What does this mean to me today?
I guess this is the famous passage that who ever believes in me shall not die but have everlasting life. To me this isn’t literal. I think we experience many deaths during our physical lifetime. When we are too focused on ourselves and are not sharing love, we experience an emptiness that is like a death. But when we follow the light, which is Jesus’ love, we are saved over and over and are able to experience a bit of heaven here on earth. The beauty is that this light is always there, we need only look, it’s never too late.
I wasn’t expecting that!
I was feeling a little alone today so took a walk downtown. I no longer feel alone, but I think I’m getting the flu. More than one person detonated a germ bomb near me. I’m rushing now to administer echineachea and Cold FX before the fallout invades my cells. I may be doomed.
If you practice yoga, you’ll appreciate this. Often when I’m in a challenging pose, a memory will come to me right out of the blue. Tonight, just as I was aware of this happening, my yoga instructor said, “if a memory comes in, just be with it and let it dissolve.” She then went on to explain that memories get stuck in our bodies and we need to free them. I’m not talking terrible memories or anything earth shattering. Tonight I simply remembered being at my doctor’s office at her previous location. This particular memory dissolved before I could chase it to a cathartic ending.
Sometimes though I think about people who are no longer with us. I must be holding my sadness in my body. It feels good to release it and release them.
“I couldn’t care the least bit about that,” he said as he turned the corner.
“You should care, it’s important,” she replied, grabbing his hand and struggling to catch up.
“It just doesn’t matter to me,” he said.
She stopped abruptly, pulled him back and whispered, “but it matters to me.”