April 7, 2019 – Change Your Thoughts?

Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert . . . for the people whom I formed for myself.

Isaiah 43:16-21Listen to the Sermon

In Unity we hold fast to the power of positive thinking, hold fast to this central idea: Our thoughts create our lives or put another way: change your thoughts; change your life. If this is true, then ponder this: What thoughts were being held in mind by Jesus to create the events known as the passion—the betrayal, the trial, the crucifixion? He had successfully avoided similar incidents. We hear in the Gospel of Luke that after speaking Truth in his hometown synagogue, the congregation was “filled with rage,” so much so that “they drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill so that they might hurl him off the cliff.” In that incident, he avoided the consequences of their rage entirely by simply, “passing through the midst of them and going on his way.” Why did he not continue to hold similar thoughts in mind when he was put on trial?  Why did he not just hold thoughts in mind of peace, reconciliation, understanding? Why did he not hold thoughts in mind that created a long, healthy, stress-free life (the life we all long for and so want to demonstrate), so that he could live to a ripe old age, die a peaceful death, then resurrect?

If he could have “changed his thoughts; changed his life,” why didn’t he just bypass all the events leading up to Easter and let Easter unfold naturally after a long, happy, positive-thought filled life?

This Sunday we get to the heart of the matter.

I’d love to hear what you think!

Peace be with you, Linda

If you are searching,
You must not stop until you find.
When you find, however,
You will become trouble.
Your confusion will give way to wonder.
In wondered you will reign over all things.
Your sovereignty will be your rest.
–The Gospel of Thomas

The Wisdom Jesus Reading This Week:

“A quiet, harmonizing love was infiltrating even the deepest places of darkness and blackness, in a way that didn’t override them or cancel them, but gently reconnected them to the whole.”

The Wisdom Jesus, page 123

For those of you who are reading The Wisdom Jesus, read pages 117 through 124 before this Sunday.