As I’m writing this, it’s March, it’s springtime, and I’ve just gotten out of my home (finally) after a foot of snow has fallen. (I live about 1,100 feet up.) But as I left today, I saw purple crocuses coming up through the snow, the very image of hope.
Easter is the greatest image of hope we have. What could be more hopeful than the promise (and the demonstration) that nothing can limit us, not even death? I’ve always thought of Jesus (as Ernest Holmes did) as the Great Example, not the Great Exception, and as the greatest teacher that ever lived. All of his teachings have found their way into Religious Science principles. As a teacher myself, I can’t help but marvel at the power in Jesus’ simplest parables; you can “unpack” them for years at a time. And I can’t help but admire his dedication to teaching his students the ultimate lesson, actually going through physical death and resurrection in order that we might understand the true nature of our beings.
Our word for the year is action. It’s a perfect word for this time of the year when Jesus is even more in my awareness. Jesus was person of action. He was a person of the world, out and about doing things, being amongst people, making a difference. He summed up his mission, in part, by saying that he was to be “the Word made Flesh.” He was the perfect combination of Spirit and the Physical. To be more exact, he was to show that there is no difference between the spiritual and physical. It’s all one.
To become Spirit in the world takes action. You have to DO things! We’ve already looked this year at the first thing to do: change your consciousness! All change, all creation, begins in consciousness. Jesus’ teachings were full of wisdom about why and how to do these things.
As I said earlier, I’ve always thought of Jesus as the ultimate teacher. But this month I’m focusing on Jesus as a minister, and “to minister” as a verb. In other words, being a minister requires some action. And the things that ministers are known for doing, we may all do. We can show compassion; teach by example; listen; assist. Regardless of our occupations, we can all minister to others if we think of what ministers actually do beyond the Sunday responsibility of doing a sermon (which is the most public aspect of a minister, but, oddly enough, the least time consuming.) Some of the best “ministers” I know are hairdressers or people in any of the medical professions, from chiropractor to doctor to dental hygienist, et al. They are given permission to be close to us, to touch us, to listen to us, and use their special skills to soothe and heal us. Very often I leave their presence feeling uplifted, inspired, cared for (kind of like how you should feel when you leave church on Sunday!)
Parents, teachers, and grandparents are great ministers, too. But I’ve even been “saved” by waitresses and clerks who gave me just the smile I neede when I most needed it. Anyone who is ever in contact with any other person (that’s just about all of us, I think) has the opportunity and the ability to have an impact on that life. We learn so manywonderful lessons in Religious Science. We learn to develop and apply all sorts of great principles that enliven and further our successful living. All of that shouldn’t be kept just to ourselves! Without eveangelizing, we can help people with what has helped us. We can do that by simply walking our talk. As Rev. Marcia Sutton said, “The more you are the Christ, the less you have to talk about it.”
We can get into action in this month of Easter by identifying our own ministries, then living them. The good of the world will be resurrected through it. Love, Rev. Mary