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The Messiah Is One Of Us

--by Megan McKenna (Nov 27, 2017)



Once upon a time there was a wise abbot of a monastery who was the friend of an equally wise rabbi. This was in the old country, long ago, when times were always hard, but just then they were even worse. The abbot’s community was dwindling, and the faith life of his monks was fearful, weak and anxious. He went to his friend and wept. His friend, the Rabbi, comforted him, and said “there is something you need to know, my brother. We have long known in the Jewish community that the Messiah is one of you.” 

"What,” exclaimed the abbot, “the Messiah is one of us? How can this be?”

But the Rabbi insisted that it was so, and the abbot went back to his monastery wondering and praying, comforted and excited. Once back in the monastery, he would pass by a monk and wonder if he was the one. Sitting in chapel, praying, he would hear a voice and look intently at a face and wonder, is he the one. The abbot had always been kind, but now began to treat all of his brothers with profound kindness and awe, ever deeper respect, even reverence. Soon everyone noticed. One of the other brothers came to him and asked him what had happened to him.

After some coaxing, the abbot told him what the rabbi had said. Soon the other monk was looking at his brothers differently, with deeper respect and wondering. Word spread quickly: the Messiah is one of us. The monastery was suddenly full of life, worship, love and grace. The prayer life was rich and passionate, devoted, [...] and services were alive and vibrant. Soon the surrounding villagers came to the services, listening and watching intently, and many joined the community of monks. After their novitiate, when they took their vows, they were told the mystery, the truth that their life was based upon, the source of their strength, the richness of their life together: The Messiah is one of us.

The monastery grew and expanded into house after house, and the monks grew in wisdom and grace before each other and in the eyes of God. And they say still, that if you stumble across this place where there is life and hope and kindness and graciousness, that the secret is the same: The Messiah is one of us.

Excerpted from Mary: Shadow of Grace by Megan McKenna.

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On Nov 24, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love this story. It is simple and profound. And it is relatively easy to apply in life. There are Messiahs or Prophets in all wisdom traditions giving message of life to awaken. According this story the Messiah is one of us. Who is that one? To me One is that connects all of us. It is like a thread that ties and connects all the beads around it. To me it represents compassion, love, gratitude, graciousness and joy.When we relate to that Messiah in one of us, we relate to that Messiah within all of us. The one belongs to all of us.

Compassion is contagious, kindness is contagious, love is contagious. Hope is contagious. It is like one lamp lighting the other.  This is my daily experience. When I see someone with fresh loving or kind eyes I see the smile of loving kindness. When I comfort and soothe a crying  child by putting my hand on his back, the child looks at me with grateful eyes. When I meet someone and a smile comes on my face, the other smiles back effortlessly. We mirror each other and  get profoundly connected with each other.

The same thing happens when someone looks at me kindly when I am sad or greets me with a smile  and a smile spread on my face. We build a bridge of connectedness. We can create a wonderful world by relating to each other with compassion and gracefulness.

May we relate to the Messiah in each one of us and be the instrument of service, joy, love, peace and happiness!
Namaste!




























































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On Nov 25, 2017 david doane wrote:

I like the story that Megan McKenna tells.  It's what happens.  Gandhi said, "If you don't see God in the next person you meet, it's a waste of time to look further."  If we see God in each other, and realize that God is infinite possibility and love, how could we not feel hope and kindness?  There were times,especially when I was younger, that a teacher or elder saw profound possibility in me and told me so, profoundly raising my self-esteem and self-confidence.  Those statements still remain with me and are part of my undergirding.  Knowing and reminding myself that God incarnates into each of us helps me see the profound and divine in everyone.



On Nov 28, 2017 Deepak wrote:

 Beautiful story . There is God in each one of us and it is for each one of us to be aware that God is within us all the time .



On Nov 28, 2017 Sunil,Bangalore wrote:

By Nature innately & inner-netly from origin each human soul is a bundle of divine positivity without exception.This is exactly the eternal search & spirituality we all practice. One who realizes it is the Master/Messiah. Everybody of us is thus a potential Master with such a firm belief-faith.The moment this happens the world becomes full of life,worship,love, grace,passion, devotion,alive & vibrant. The very outlook & perception changes to Change everybody-everything-everywhere for a fulfilling life. We get connected in a single worldwide web with compassion,sympathy & empathy. Still as an ardent student, I see Sant Kabir had that profoundness in the most down to earth style.Belief-Behaviour-Business can help deliver the promised land.



On Nov 28, 2017 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:

We are the stories we tell and this impacts how we see self, others and the world around us. If we choose to see  every person as profound, or in other words, every person is worthy and we then treat them with kindness and love and share hope, we create a beautiful world around us and one in which people want to more deeply interact. I do my best to live this way each day and to imagine each encounter with each person is a possibility to learn something new from them or myself. I had an amazing encounter with a homeless man in Washington DC... two actually. One is Mr Weeks who engaged me in conversation on my way to work. I asked if he would like a Free Hug, yes. And after that first encounter every day when we saw each other he would engage in conversation with me "schooling" me about life. :) The other is Aed, another homeless man I met in DC and took to lunch one day. He shared his entire life story with me over sandwiches and informed me that he created a meditation program and could he email me about it. Until my encounter with Aed I had not thought much about internet usage and the homeless population. Turns out nearly every day he would find a cafe with wireless interest and work on his meditation program and send emails. Both Mr Weeks and Aed taught me many life lessons and all because I saw them and engaged in conversation. It is amazing what happens when we see each other <3 



On Nov 28, 2017 Sonia Uttamchandani wrote:

 The story is beautiful, inspiring. However, I opt to see such godliness or goodness only in some select people. Its a struggle to visualise God in people with whom we don't get along or have issues of understanding. Immediately the mind switches to "I" and "They:. Here I like this quote of Gandhi because its an everyday challenge. Perhaps this is afterall the real struggle of human life ... to make an effort and find God in others so we can really see God in oneself too !



On Dec 3, 2017 Steven wrote:

 Namaste! My divinity within me, greet your divinity within you.



On Dec 3, 2017 Amy wrote:

Who helps me to see the profound in JL?   Jesus.  Amen.



On Dec 3, 2017 AJ wrote:

 LOVE



On Feb 21, 2018 Fiona wrote:

 I love this story. Thank you.



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