II.  SECTION 9.  What is the Second Coming?

Lesson 304 Let Not My World Obscure The Sight Of Christ

  1. I can obscure my holy sight, if I intrude my world upon it.  Nor can I behold the holy sights Christ looks upon, unless it is His vision that I use.  Perception is a mirror, not a fact.  And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward.  I would bless the world by looking on it through the eyes of Christ.  And I will look upon the certain signs that all my sins have been forgiven me.
  2. You lead me from the darkness to the light, from sin to holiness.  Let me forgive, and thus receive salvation for the world.  It is Your gift, my Father, given me to offer to Your holy Son, that he may find again the memory of You, and of Your Son as You created him.[1]
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Yesterday we discussed the holy Christ being born within us and how we make a time and place to nurture the little Christ within. As He grows with our daily practice and devotion, He becomes us as we become Him. For many of us, we grasped more completely the concept of Salvation and the symbolism of the Nativity. We embraced the process of Salvation, letting go of the impatience and judgment that would otherwise impede us when we don’t get it all at the same time. Christ grows within us as we nurture Him and make room in our stable for Him to live. Eventually, our stable will be made, by our mutual becoming, into a celestial home, but in the meantime, patience and forgiveness!

Today our lesson focuses on not allowing our separate worlds to conceal the sight of Christ. The world we made is fraught with difficulties in relationships, trials and tribulations, naughty desires, health issues, condemnation, neediness, and despair. This world does its best to intrude upon the holy sights of Christ.

Perception, Jesus teaches, is a mirror, not a fact. When we perceive someone as unfriendly, unworthy, and dishonest, we are only reflecting judgments we cast upon ourselves. Let us bring good cheer to the world by seeing it through the eyes of Love! When we see the world through the eyes of Christ, we can do nothing but forgive and let go of grudges. We forgive our mutual humanity, our separateness, our call for sacrifice and revenge! We are set free.

In today’s prayer, we pray:

You lead us, Father, through the darkness to Light, from the stable to a celestial home, from thoughts of sin and grubbiness to purity and sanity. Teach us to forgive, so we can receive Salvation from the separate, lonely ego-worlds we made. Forgiveness is the gift You give us, Father. We offer it to Your Sonship – that we may find again the memory of You and our Selves as You created us – unified and whole in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 304. Let not my world obscure…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 451