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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for May 10, 2015

           Mother's Day is one of the special days of the year that is inclusive to every mother no matter what religion, race, creed, nationality, color, sexual orientation or legal or marital status she may be.  It is a day that we pay respect and celebrate the woman who made the choice to carry us into physical life.  And this celebration takes many forms some of which include cultural and traditional and others which seek to be unique and creative.  It is a day that we each remember our mothers, those who are still with us and those who have returned to the God that gave them life.  All in all it can be a beautiful and lovingly wonderful day for mothers and those who love them.

         Religion has created a "mother" that is mankind's concept of the ideal mother ... the mother of Jesus.  Religion's mother is pure, sinless and a virgin.  Those of the Catholic faith pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus.  If this is someone's faith then in consciousness they do this based on what they have been taught by their religion.  The prayer goes like this;
"Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen."  There are important mental elements to this prayer that affects the consciousness of the one who prays believing.  In this prayer Mary is held up as superior to all other women, in fact, all others are sinners and her child is God.  So not only are all women inferior to Mary but their children are inferior to her child Jesus.  The other common Catholic prayer goes something like; "Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world.  Have mercy on us."  Now, this creates a contradiction in the mind of the one praying both prayers; is Jesus God or the lamb of God?  

       Protestants by and large (Lutherans use the latter) don't use these prayers nor do they pray to Mary, but they do believe she was a virgin and Jesus was either God or the "only son of God" both of which is accepted only with blind faith.  Like much of religion's articles of faith these prayers contradict the teachings of the Master Mind Jesus who adamantly taught that we are all of One Father (Spirit) and that we all have the "kingdom of G-d" within us.  And in the Book of Genesis it was revealed to the mind of mankind that we are all created in the "image and likeness of G-d" ... this image being spirit (mind) and this likeness being intelligence and power.  The Master Mind Jesus reminded his audience of this when he asked, "don't you know that you are gods?" and "you are the light of the world."  I believe he was definite in his teaching that we are all equal expressions of the One Life and Spirit that is G-d.  When he said "Our Father" it is pretty clear that he did not see himself as the "only son of God" or that his mother gave birth to God.

         If we look at these primitive prayers in the light of spiritual truth then we realize that those who created these prayers were themselves attempting to explain something that in consciousness they had no understanding to explain.  Why these prayers have persisted throughout the ages give rise to the natural conclusion that mankind's evolution and spiritual understanding has not been universally realized.  

         Personally I am grateful that my mother was not pure and sinless in the eyes and mind of mankind.  If she had been then she probably would have been very dull and difficult to live with.  My mother, like most mothers, caused us to love them because of their very human personalities.  We learned that we could make mistakes but our mother would still love us and so we learned to love others who make mistakes.  We learned from our mothers that emotions can defy reason but there is good reason to be emotional at times.  We learned from our mothers that being human meant changing our mind and sometimes saying and doing things that we were sorry for gave us an opportunity to ask for forgiveness and in doing so we learned to forgive.  Would I have ever thought my mother was a better mother if she were a "virgin"?  That would defy intelligence.

        I do believe that all mothers give birth to the Christ for I believe that the Christ is within each and every one of us.  It is that part of G-d within our consciousness that realizes intelligence and power are within our mind and are ours to use to the highest and best we can imagine for ourselves.  This highest and best is realized when we connect with that Something within us that most of us call the Christ.  The apostle stated, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" and we can easily and correctly replace the word "Christ" with "faith" or "self realization" in this statement and in reality we shall be strengthened in our resolve to do, to be or to have that which we desire.  The energy that strengthens us is an automatic response from within our soul for this is the truth.

Our mothers gave birth to the Christ ... but it is up to us to unlearn all the things we have learned from the world that has hidden this Christ from us.


Keep the faith!
. Henry Bates

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