Saturday, January 13, 2007

Do This in Remebrance of Me.

In T-2.V.17:2 the Course says the following:
My request "Do this in remembrance of me" is the appeal for cooperation of miracle workers.

One might wonder 'this' would refer to. Certainly not the construct which Pauline Christianity makes of it, namely the questionable and somewhat cannibalistic celebration of his body, supposedly to remember that he was once with us, in times when he no longer is, as in after the crucifixion.

Such interpretation is the complete opposite of what Jesus teaches in the Course. And, we might add, as Jesus taught, period - as the careful study of the kernel of Thomas which Pursah handed us in Gary Renard's Your Immortal Reality would reveal.

In other words the interpretation given to these words - leaving aside altogether the Pauline theology of vicarious salvation which is also inextricably woven into the theology of this particular gospel passage, from Lk. 22:19, in the Course's terms is certainly not that we should in the future commemorate the erstwhile presence of Jesus' body with us. The cooperation of miracle workers at any time lies in the ability to join with Jesus whenever needed, because the miracle worker would know that he's always present to us whenever we are ready to question the ego's judgment of situations, and depend on his help rather than our own judgment.

A passage in Chapter 7 makes the whole teaching even clearer:
You cannot forget the Father because I am with you, and I cannot forget Him. 2 To forget me is to forget yourself and Him Who created you. 3 Our brothers are forgetful. 4 That is why they need your remembrance of me and of Him Who created me. 5 Through this remembrance, you can change their minds about themselves, as I can change yours. 6 Your mind is so powerful a light that you can look into theirs and enlighten them, as I can enlighten yours. 7 I do not want to share my body in communion because this is to share nothing. 8 Would I try to share an illusion with the most holy children of a most holy Father? 9 Yet I do want to share my mind with you because we are of one Mind, and that Mind is ours. 10 See only this Mind everywhere, because only this is everywhere and in everything. 11 It is everything because it encompasses all things within itself. 12 Blessed are you who perceive only this, because you perceive only what is true. (ACIM:T-7.V.10:4)

Evidently the punch line is in line 7, where he clarifies that he does not want to share his body with us, but rather he wants to share his mind with us. And moreover he wants us to share his reality with others by choosing to join with him at any time and represent his teaching of love in so doing. So the point of this particular statement is to emphasize the reality of his presence to us, whenever we choose the miracle, as opposed to celebrating the memory of his body as some kind of a magical cure, which of course in the ego's sick imagining obviates the need of choosing the atonement for ourselves, by maintaining an idol of Jesus as a magical savior which would leave the ego firmly in charge and removes the threat that we could change our minds by choosing against the ego.

Then in Chapter 8, he elaborates on this further in two passages, of which the first one reads:
When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself. Whenever two Sons of God meet, they are given another chance at salvation. Do not leave anyone without giving salvation to him and receiving it yourself. For I am always there with you, in remembrance of you.
unquote (ACIM:T-8.III.4)

And in this way he reminds us of the reality of his presence to us in every encounter, if we would merely choose the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and thus recognize our Self in our brothers, by trusting in the spirit in them. And so his presence is with us in every encounter, for every encounter is a Holy Encounter, if we do not let the ego's specialness limit it.

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