For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
[Excerpted from Fully Awake and Ready to Respond, Herald House, 2017, pp. 10–11]
In Luke 7:36–50 Jesus visits the home of a Pharisee for dinner. A woman of the city (involved in activity consider sinful) knew Jesus would be there for dinner. She came into the house, washed his feet with her tears, and anointed his feet with ointment. The Pharisee was quick to criticize. If Jesus was a prophet, he certainly would have known this was a sinful woman undeserving of his attention.
Jesus calls the Pharisee to see this woman for who she really is—a child of God. He says to the Pharisee, “Do you see this woman?” He then goes on to share all the ways this woman extended hospitality and love to him. Having received Jesus’ compassion and love, she understood their transformative power. She was freed to see an alternative vision of her worth as Jesus courageously spoke and stood in solidarity with her.
Spiritual awakening calls us into a space of seeing, feeling, and acting differently when we encounter the Spirit in relationship with others.
“God, where will your Spirit lead today? Help me be fully awake…”
The Spirit has been striving with us through numerous sacred passages in recent years to discern, embrace, and risk living into our identity and calling as communities of Christ (Doctrine and Covenants 163:1–2). We have been invited into a new awakening through Christ that causes us to see ourselves and others from a changed perspective (Doctrine and Covenants 164:5).
“…he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love” (Lamentations 3:32).
Breathing God’s Compassion
Light a candle and sit quietly, reflecting on the fire and light of God. Pay attention to your breathing and let it become calmer and deeper as you focus on God’s presence. Ask God to breathe in you. Image each breath carrying the light of God into your lungs, bloodstream, and every cell in your body until God’s Spirit fills you. Now imagine breathing out God’s compassion and grace each time you exhale. Pray to have the Spirit of Christ radiate from your life like the gentle flame of a candle.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.