Sunday, June 24, 2012

I myself am the enemy who must be loved



In actual life it requires the greatest art to be simple,
and so acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem
and the acid test of one's whole outlook on life.
That I feed the beggar, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ - all these are undoubtedly great virtues.
What I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ.
But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all beggars, the most impudent of all offenders, yea the very fiend himself
- that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of my own kindness,
that I myself am the enemy who must be loved - what then?
Then, as a rule, the whole truth of Christianity is reversed:
there is no more talk of love and long-suffering;
we say to the brother within us, ‘Raca,’
and condemn and rage against ourselves.
We hide him from the world;
we deny ever having met this least among the lowly in ourselves,
and had it been God himself who drew near to us in this despicable form,
we should have denied him a thousand times before a single cock had crowed.
- C.G. Jung, CW 11, Psychology and Religion: West and East, Chapter V, "Psychotherapy or the Clergy," § 519-520

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Abundantly!

Often, when I see the title of this blog,
I sing this old song to myself,
which I used to utilize in my personal worship a lot in my late teens:

    Abundantly!

From mountains high, cool waters flow,
The singing breeze, green meadows grow;
Shine tall pine trees, blue sky above,
Are all expressions of my Lord’s love.

And this one God who made all these,
Is interested in you and me;
His greatest gift is to make us free,
New self, more life, abundantly.

God speaks, He acts, what He says He will,
His promises He will fulfill,
Through Christ His focused love appears,
To put at ease the life that fears.

Relationships to all He brings,
The solid feel inside me rings;
No phoney do I have to be,
For God, through Christ, accepts just me.

The dawning sun, a bright new light,
For folks to join, no need to fight;
Creation through variety
Displays God’s plan for unity.

And this one God who made all these,
Is interested in you and me;
His greatest gift is to make us free,
New self, more life, abundantly.