Jesus never killed anyone, and Jesus never said kill anyone. The cross in Jesus' time meant only one thing: Death. And when Jesus said, "Whoever loses their life for my sake and the Gospel's will find it," and, "Those who intend to be my disciple have to take up their cross daily and follow me," he was saying clearly, "My way is the way of death, and if you come with me, you have to be willing and able to die." As though to add emphasis to his words, Jesus died on a cross. The implied message was, "This is what I mean! This is the way to do it! This is the way I want it done! Do not be misled!" Jesus died to show us he meant what he said. Jesus died to show us he means business. That to follow him is to die in the service of the truth Jesus died to serve. If you wonder what that is, we have The Sermon on the Mount, and the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and the Parable of the Prodigal's Father, and the bit in Matthew 25 about "Inasmuch as you have done it or not done it to one of the least and most insignificant of my brothers and sisters, you have done it or not done it unto me!" The truth that Jesus died to serve is to be found in these places. To wear a cross without being willing to serve the truth Jesus served is like standing for the flag without standing for what the flag stands for: Justice! Equality! Truth! Freedom! And the Freedom! part of these four pillars of Democracy is the freedom Jesus displayed-- the freedom to sacrifice ourselves in the service of Justice! Equality! Truth! for all of our brothers and sisters of every skin color and disposition, down to the very least and most insignificant of them all. If we aren't about to do that, we have no business wearing a cross, or having one on the rear windshield of our car, or standing for the flag and waving it about. Think about what you are doing, and doing not, as we step into a new year that needs desperately to be new-better, in the way Jesus meant when he said, "Behold the New has come, and the Old has passed away!"
Squaring ourselves up with ourselves and with our life is the work of maturity and grace. Letting things be as they are just as they are, and committing ourselves to making the best of it no matter what is the first step to the rest of the way. Things as they are are what we have to work with. What we do with it is ours to do. We need all the help we can get. That gets us to the right kind of emptiness, the right kind of stillness and the right kind of silence. Thinking is the first thing to go. Emptying ourselves of thinking is the revolutionary act of freedom that opens the door to possibilities unthought and unimagined. Thinking we know what's what. Thinking we know what we are doing. Thinking we know what our options are. Thinking we know what to do and not to do... Let it all go. Be as empty as an egg after the chick is hatched. Feeling follows thinking. Let it go. All of it. Sit without thinking, without feeling, without seeing, without hearing, without attachment, without agenda, without opinion... Watching for what stirs to life in the silence as comforting presence, as prevenient grace, as evidence that you are not alone. Be with that "as the moved before the mover," and allow your original nature to respond of itself to the mystery at the heart of life and being. See what happens without making anything happen. We owe fealty, loyalty, devotion and fidelity to the Source of the Mystery beyond motive and desire. This is the right order of things. Our grounding foundation, direction and guidance is not what we want and how to get it, but who we are and how to be it within the environment of our life in eternal, apparent, reality. Stability, balance and harmony, integrity and sincerity lead the way with action in The Field of Action that is commensurate with our nature and appropriate within our circumstances to our surprise and wonder in each situation as it arises. We live from the Source in conjunction with the times. Anchored in Mystery, we create magic, just by being ourselves here and now. And everything is transformed like that.