“Acknowledging that we are dust liberates us. We don’t have to make ourselves good enough for God. Instead of comparing ourselves to others as better or worse, we can finally find solidarity with everyone in our common need. We are all formed from the same dust. We are all animated by the same divine breath. And when we go down to the dust, Jesus raises us to new life.” Jake Owensby
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[Listen to Audio] C. S. Lewis wrote somewhere that it is best to try to like everybody you meet. After all, it’s easier to love people that you like. And Jesus teaches us to love everyone.
Good as his word, Jesus set the example he wants us to follow. For instance, as he gasped for breath on the cross, he asked for forgiveness for the ones who had driven in the nails. But even Jesus struggled to follow Lewis’ advice to like everybody.
Especially one group pressed Jesus’ buttons: religious people. Or at least, some among the Pharisees and the scribes were on the receiving end of his sharpest criticisms. Spiritual arrogance was chief among the traits that set him off.
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