Where are you trying to hide that thing?

Jesus said, "Know what is right there in front of your face, and the stuff that is hidden from you will be revealed. There is nothing that is hidden away that will not be displayed, and there is nothing buried that will not be raised up." Gospel of Thomas 5

In spiritual practices such as contemplation, meditation, and lectio divina, a lot of crap comes up. Pardon my crudeness, but you know when you have acne pop up and eventually the head of it fills with puss? It is the same thing when you have a regular spiritual practice. Your junk comes up and you are better prepared to deal with it, and get to the root of it so that you may be healed. Your thoughts of hatred, jealousy, lust etc. all come up. And it does not just come up once! It comes up again and again until it is right up in your face. Now you have to deal with it. It is painful and may have to be cleaned out several times until you have let the issues go. With spiritual practice, our issues are out there...being dug out and with a little grace and elbow grease we can uproot the parasites that make us lesser people.

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