Richard Rhor’s Daily Meditation

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THE SCAPEGOAT

Question of the Day:
How do I stand against hate without becoming hate myself?

So we will pose the great spiritual problem in this way, How do I stand against hate without becoming hate myself?

We would all agree that evil is to be rejected and overcome; the only question is, how? How can we stand against evil without becoming a mirrorbut deniedimage of the same? That is often the heart of the matter, and in my experience is resolved successfully by a very small portion of people, even though it is quite clearly resolved in the life, death and teaching of Jesus.

Jesus gives us a totally different way of dealing with evilabsorbing it in God (which is the real meaning of the suffering body of Jesus) instead of attacking it outside and in others. It is undoubtedly the most counter-intuitive theme of the entire Bible. It demands real enlightenment and conversion for almost all of us.

Adapted from Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, pp. 143, 145

Mantra:
Jesus, help me absorb
and transform evil.

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