April Message From the Minister
He is Risen/ Are You ?
Coming away from a joyous Easter celebration and a lot of discussion about the resurrection and what that means to each of us personally, I am challenged to look more deeply at the truth of my being. I am challenged to open my awareness to greater forces at work in the universe and in my life. I am also challenged as how to action the truth I know in a way that can be reflected in the world around me. The fifth principle of Unity reminds us that it is not enough to know these spiritual principles, one must live the truth he or she knows. The resurrection is a symbol or a reflection of a very real experience of the Christ principle being fully realized in an individual human being. It becomes, for us a way to view the unfolding of our own experience of spiritual awakening. It gives us a standard by which we can gauge the level of our compassion. Eric Butterworth called this the raising of ourselves to the “Christ standard.” It is the place where our higher mind is in charge of everything we think, everything we say or do. It is the place where we are acting out of love and not fear; and this love we are acting from is an eternal, unconditional love, one in which we know the truth of our being and of everyone else.
It is the place of healing power and harmonizing divine ideas, where we enjoy a sublime certainty that all is well forever. This is the place of resurrection, where we are not only allowing the love of God to flow through us, we are aware that we are the love of God itself. I know for most of us, this awareness may come and go, or we may only have a conceptual understanding of such things; but I assure you the one thing Jesus always attempted to teach us was that we are like him. He made this abundantly clear in the Gospel of John 14:12 when he said, “He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he shall do also; and greater works than these shall he do…” If we are going to do the greater works spoken of in this scripture, we must face the glorious challenge to “be transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2) and accept our own resurrection Here and Now! We have the example in the risen Christ Jesus, now it is our time to step up to the challenge and demonstrate the Christ Spirit within us. Now is our time to be resurrected.
Always Yours in Christ Consciousness