Lowest Possible Standard

Jesus said, "The Kingdom is like a shepherd who owned a hundred sheep. The largest of them, wandered away. The shepherd left the ninety-nine and looked for the one until he found it. After he had toiled, he said to the sheep, 'I love you more than the ninety-nine.'"  Gospel of Thomas 107

Somehow spirituality has been reduced to the lowest possible standard in popular culture.  However there is a thread in every possible religion that those who reap the benefits of the spiritual life are the ones who are willing to put themselves into it.  Saints like Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Rumi, Ramakrishna achieved what they did by strong dedication.  However looking closely at this saying, it speaks not of the person doing the hard work of spiritual life...but that the kingdom seeking one.   It seeks the one who wandered away, and is described as the largest.  The kingdom... the fullness of realization is there for the mature..those who are spiritually ready and ripe to receive it.  The kingdom is not for those who are not ready or those who do not want it.  We are not called to evangelize every person whether they want it or not...but rather to offer our spiritual insights to those who seek it.  The message of divine insight is not based on the lowest possible standard but rather is offered for those who are mature enough to receive it.

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