Who is our brother or sister?
Continuing with our study of Matthew 21-26, Jesus tells us to reconcile with our brother or sister before we bring our gifts to the altar. Who are our brothers and sisters? I look at my own family and there are nine of us altogether. I could transform my being by simply following Jesus’ instruction with them. Have I done anything to offend them that prevents me from being able to be fully present at the altar of my being. It is relatively easy to not be offensive most of the time with my family because I live 500-2,ooo miles away from any one of them. But, what about my thoughts? What about my conversations I have with others about them? I wish I could say that I have evolved to the point where I have only loving thoughts and kinds words about them, but I have not arrived there. There are times that I judge and characterize them placing them out of my heart. Do I share my unloving thoughts with them? Not usually. But the only way bring my gift to the altar of my heart is to change my thoughts to ones of love and appreciation. This is the only way that I have been able to experience the sacred.
What about others? Is there anyone I can say is not my brother or sister? Can I bring my gift to the altar and experience the holy if I have placed anyone out of my heart? This is a practical question. Can I experience the peace at the altar of the Divine if I have separated myself from another? Jesus understood that everyone is our brother and sister. His instructions were radical and life changing. He leaves no one out saying everyone is our brother and sister. We must be reconciled with everyone in order to experience the oneness of God that resides in the altar of our being.
Think of the ramifications of leaving no one out. That means that no one can be our enemy and we are charged with asking the question-how have I offended? How have I offended those I know personally and those I have never seen? How have I offended directly and indirectly? No wonder he said that the path is narrow. Can you imagine a world that was molded around this teaching? How would our actions change toward one another? How would our laws look different? Today I practice remembering that all are my brothers and sisters.