Let us pray! - NOT

Jesus said to his disciples, "By fasting you will bring sin upon yourselves, by praying, you invite condemnation, and by giving to charity, you will harm your spirits. When you go into any area and walk around the land, when people welcome you in, eat whatever they serve you and heal the sick that are among them. After all, whatever goes into your mouth will not bring impurity to you; actually, it's what comes out of your mouth that will bring impurity." Gospel of Thomas 14

What immediately jumps out to me is that Jesus in this passage is answering the questions asked by the disciples in saying 6. At first one may ask why these things are bad. I also ask who is doing the condemning. I think the key is in the rest of the saying. When they go around others...I don't think Jesus is condemning fasting, praying, or giving to charity. I think it is wrong when done in front of others. Jesus is condemning the hypocrites who love to be seen doing spiritual things. I think of those who push and bully for prayer and schools and football games. I think of those who fight so hard to be religiously correct which in reality is a way of egoistic pride. It serves no spiritual purpose. It does not impress God nor man. Rather, Jesus says when we go with others...don't be all spiritual and say I am sorry I only eat kosher, or reject what they offer for other reasons. If they open their hearts and homes to feed you, it is sin to reject the kindness and hospitality of others. By opening their hearts they are welcoming God and true healing can take place. It is those who love to talk about about being spiritual and their good deeds who reveal their impurity. As the Tao Te Ching says, "Those who know do not speak, those who speak do not know." Our mouths are our greatest indicator of our own spiritual maturity. A warning to me for sure! I have a long way to go.


  1. Let us pray - not! could have been written on the Pan group! Whew.

  2. Do you notice a weird sychronicity between the pan group, here and some other blogs? Very odd! LOL


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