OBEYING THE COMMAND
A few posts ago I wrote about Hiawatha’s father, who, after staging a great challenge for his son, told his son to go back to his home, go back to the living earth and “cleanse” the earth of the evil things that prevent a good life for us humans.
Mudjekeewis told Hiawatha:
I have put you to this trial
So to know and prove your courage;
Now receive the prize of valor:
Go back to your home and people.
Live among them, toil among them,
Cleanse the Earth from all that harms it . . .
“Cleanse the earth from all that harms it . . .”
It’s been an interesting coincidence that recent Sunday Readings given to Christians for the past many centuries have told us to do this same thing! Perhaps the source is the same: God is God and there is only One and He doesn’t change, so it makes sense that wise men have similar messages to give us.
So what are these things we’re supposed to cleanse our earth from if we are properly led by the (Great) Spirit?
They’re listed in our Readings, from the Bible, last week: Galatians 5: But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.
This week’s Readings explains this further, and then says: “But let every man prove his own works….” This is a manly command.
We want a better world? Then we need to make a better Self. And that list in Galatians shows us the things we need to get rid of in our own lives and in our own surroundings.
Obey the Command. It’s a good one.