SOUL’s Great Grace
Julio C. Rivas, CSA man named Zacchaeus was there. He was the head tax collector, and he was a rich man. He wanted to see who Jesus was but he could not see him because he was a short man and there were many people around him. So he ran ahead and climbed into a tree to see Jesus, for he was coming that way. When Jesus came to the tree, he looked up. He said, `Zacchaeus, come down right now. I must stay at your house today.' So Zacchaeus came down right then. He was glad to have Jesus come in his house. When all the people saw this, they did not like it. They said, `He has gone to visit a bad man.' Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, `Look, Lord, I will give to the poor people half of all I have. And if I have cheated anyone, I will give him back four times as much as I took.' Jesus said to him, `The head of this house has been saved today! He also is a son of Abraham. The Son of Man came to look for and to save those who are lost.' (WE, Luke 19:1-10)
Eddy: “Truth destroys error, and Love destroys hate. Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of forgiveness.” And, “The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man I evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin. A mortal sinner is not God’s man.”
Tax collectors belonged to a privileged and politically powerful class because they collected revenue for the Jewish religious authority and the Roman magistrate. They had a reputation for being despotic and dishonest. By going out of his way to see Jesus, a man who had a reputation for integrity and spiritual power, this tax collector was acting on an inner yearning for righteousness. Jesus detected this, welcomed him into the redemptive energies of LOVE, and the man responded by submitting to a character metamorphosis.
Daily life provides plenty of examples of how avarice for fame, power and control, plus conceit, perfidy, and self-justification destroy trust among us, and weaken our institutions and society. MIND-induced values and intelligence are the antidote. They re-construct us and restart us, and then we produce amazing achievements.
CHRIST-TRUTH is calling us to submit to a spiritual transmutation and enjoy overflowing wellness and achievement.
SOUL-MIND shapes our spiritual individuality and reforms our human character. Evil motives and acts are abrogated by our spiritual coalescing with MIND-LOVE. Spiritual development replaces obstinate flaws and failures with SOUL-fed wisdom, talents and success. It reveals our divine composition.