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THE PARABLE OF THE TWO DEBTORS

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One of the Pharisees, Simon, invited Jesus to eat with him.  Jesus entered into the Pharisee's house, and sat at the table.  Behold, a woman in the city who was seen as a sinner, Mary Magdalene, when she knew that he was reclining in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of ointment. Standing behind at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and she wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  Now when Simon, who had invited him saw it and said to himself, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have perceived who and what kind of woman this is who touches him, that she is a sinner."  Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." He said, "Teacher, say on." "A certain lender had two debtors. The one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they couldn't pay, he forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him most?" Simon a

One Body with Many Parts

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Rumi, Sufi Poet.  The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Humanity. Some of us are religious, some are not. But we have all been received one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. If the ear says." "I'm not part of the body, I'n not an eye," is that any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and nature has put each part where it should be. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that

Vulnerability Clause

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Dear people worried about how you will be judged by others: Your life comes with a Vulnerability Clause. The clause reads: “To be sincerely vulnerable gives you strength.” Anais Nin This clause is built into the part of you that is worthy of your attention. This is the part of you who lies above the surface of the water. Your Ego. The part that waits for you “out beyond ideas of right and wrong” (Rumi) is your spirit.   It already knows this clause intimately. This is the deepest, wisest voice available to you. The deepest voice does not concern itself with outcome or favor. It concerns itself only with wisdom, practical application of wisdom. It can only come from inside you. It never comes from “out there.” Vulnerability Wisdom comes up from the base of your spine, across the crown of your head and spreads into your body like a soft, gentle rain. It is the most feminine voice you have (Man or Woman). “Try this,” it says. When you are honest with yourself, have investi