Take No Thought

"Take no thought." ~Matthew 6

Five times in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says, "Take no thought" (μὴ μεριμνᾶτε), which also translates as, "Don't worry." He says this with reference to our anxiety over food, clothing, the body, the future, and life itself.

Jesus offers us the stunning possibility of life free from care, without "taking thought" for even the most basic provisions. By today's standards, Jesus would certainly be considered irresponsible, and probably insane.

Even the most devout disciple replies, "All right, Master, I will enter the lovely silence of no-thought, after I have solved all my problems."

But what if the solution to all our problems is this very silence, free from thought?

When the mind is silent, the Kingdom arises everywhere, outshining all forms of sorrow and joy.

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