I was a late bloomer when it comes to the teachings of Jesus. Maybe it was the liberal University Campus I grew up on, or my intellectual atheist scientist dad or my wandering spiritual 60’s mom.. Whatever the case, the Jesus I’ve come to know has some sincere beauty to share.
Only when I became able to drop all the crap that cloaks all religions was I able to get to the real wisdom and beauty within them all.
Of all the commandments: You must love your neighbor as yourself.
If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Give to everyone who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again. And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.
A new Command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?
“I always encourage them to practice in a way that will help them go back to their own tradition and get re-rooted. If they succeed at becoming reintegrated, they will be an important instrument in transforming and renewing their tradition.
When we respect our blood ancestors and our spiritual ancestors, we feel rooted. If we find ways to cherish and develop our spiritual heritage, we will avoid the kind of alienation that is destroying society, and we will become whole again. … Learning to touch deeply the jewels of our own tradition will allow us to understand and appreciate the values of other traditions, and this will benefit everyone.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ.