"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." - Eckhart Tolle
I was on campus all day today and it felt great. I started the day with a holy hour and then went over to the office to have breakfast with some of the students. As always we had a great time. I then came back to the apartment and had mass with Brian and a few others.
Beth Linn a good friend from St. Paul, Minnesota is here for a few days visit and I spent a lot of time with her today. I also have a good friend visiting from Hebei. 胡行风 will be here until tomorrow. We have had some great talks over the past two days.
From left: Brian (胡行风), Wang Wei, Brianna and Beth Linn.
Wang Wei was in Hong Kong last week to close the MCTP Office before the sale of the Stanley House. She is pretty happy to be back in Jilin!
Jose Fernandez....R.I.P. (The good they die young!!)
Arnold Palmer......R.I.P. ( Not all the good die young!!)
My Tigers dropped two of three to KC to open there final home stand of the season. Those two losses might be the difference between making the playoffs or not! The Tigers are now a game and a half back in the A.L.Wild Card Race (only a game in the all important loss column) and have their work cut out for them.
Today's Gospel and some comments:
An argument arose among the disciples as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.’ John answered, ‘Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.’ Luke 9:46-50
Someone said that a neurosis is a secret you don’t know you’re keeping. There must exist somewhere deep in us the mother of all neuroses (otherwise where would the little ones come from?). This would be the one to get to know. It has been given a name: it is the ego.
It is not me, it is the idea I have of me. That makes two of me. The first me (let’s call me that) is dependent for life on an astronomical number of other creatures. There are more living beings (with their own DNA, different from mine) living in my body than there are people in the world! I am their planet, I am their mountains and rivers. They depend on me and I depend on them; if I sprayed them all to death (were that possible) I would die instantly.
This is not good news for the ego (that’s the other me). This ‘me’ thinks he’s basically alone in the world, and that anything he gets (apart from what he got for nothing from his mother a long time ago) is due to his own efforts. He’s a lonely competitor for just about everything, and he has his story to tell (which forgets to mention the many billions of creatures inside and outside his skin). So it is very important for him to be reassured that he’s doing well. Or rather (since he doesn’t really know who or what he is), that he’s doing better than someone else.
The disciples of Jesus, like all of us, had the same problem. They were “arguing about which of them was the most important.” Jesus took a child and said, You must become like children. Children were not romanticized in those days: a child was a nobody. You must become nobody, then there will be room in you for you - and for all the others.