February 17, 2013
Thank You, God, for Your Presence at the altar of my heart and for Your energy transforming my life.
Some people believe that one's presence or absence in church makes a decisive difference in one's Spiritual well-being. But this was not the teaching of Jesus, who violated every Sabbath law to focus His ministry on healing and love.
It is not where your body is that's important, Jesus repeatedly taught, but where you are in consciousness. Thus in the Sermon on the Mount, He says, "When you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first to be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift." --- Matthew 5:23-27
Jesus taught that all people are our brothers. There is no Spiritual benefit in going to church if there is negative energy around any of our relationships. In that case, our time would be better spent healing those relationships.
reprinted from Unity's Lent 2013 "A Season For Spiritual Growth"