Old People in America Are Really to be Pitied

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Cheon Seong Gyeong  2452

Once we grow old, we start to become
senile, don’t we? Once we get senile, we
become like babies. Once we become
senile, we even lose the ability to speak.
Isn’t that true? That is why grandparents
and grandchildren should come togeth-
er. Once I have become a grandfather, I
find my grandchildren even more lov-
able than my own children. And the
people I long for the most are not my
children, but my grandchildren. That’s
how it is. From this point of view, old
people in America are really to be pit-
ied. (266-147, 1994.12.22)

Cheong Seong Gyeong 1191

Instead of beating His enemy to
death God must set the condition of
having loved him. In the same way the
person standing in the position of Adam
has to set up a condition of having loved
the enemy Satan. If you endure over
and over again while being persecuted,
and prevail over all the tears, blood and
sweat, until the enemy naturally surren-
ders to you, and return embracing God’s
love, then you can receive the blessing.
That is when Satan will let you go. You
must receive this public approval; “You
can now become a child qualified to go to
the heavenly kingdom.” Who must sign
this approval? Satan must. After Satan
signs this, you will sign it, and then True
Parents must sign it. You can only stand
before God only after getting this signa-
ture from True Parents. That is the heav-
enly kingdom. (141-202, 1986.2.22)

The Father and I

Rev. Sun Myung Moon
July 12, 1959

John 14: 1-19

Judas Iscariot chastised Mary Magdalene, who was a prostitute, as she knelt and poured three hundred denarii worth of oil on the feet of Jesus and washed them with her hair. When he did so, Jesus defended her. Mary was not acting unreasonably. Because she was concerned for the heart of Jesus, who was to be killed, an aspect of God’s pained and indignant heart was reflected through her. Therefore, Jesus predicted that her name would remain wherever the words of the Gospel spread.

When Mary wanted to hold Jesus, who had resurrected from the grave, Jesus prevented her out of concern that the resurrected self might be stained. In other words, Jesus stopped her because he wanted her to be more joyous in meeting the Father than in meeting him. He wanted her to be more glad for the Father than for him, and more glad for the hope that humanity might again be reborn than happy to see him. It is sad that the Jesus we believe in today came and went with such a regret-filled heart. That is a sad thing.

We have to let this be known to the Christians of the world today. What is needed is not someone who takes pride in his own faith, based on Jesus who was glorified by history. There is a need for people like the woman who searched for Jesus on the mountainside of Calvary, who can take pride in Jesus even if they themselves are trampled on and pushed out by history. There is a greater need for people like Mary Magdalene than for the twelve disciples who walked their own separate ways, denying their knowledge of Jesus.

In believing in Jesus, have you ever made God cry? Have you ever made Jesus cry? Have you ever shivered, holding onto the crying Father who said, “How difficult it must have been for you to walk this path that I have gone through. How difficult it must have been to find Me in My sorrow”? Have you held the hands of Jesus who cried as he called out for you? If not, don’t say anything. Do not be proud of anything.

The people who were ridiculed and cast out will be the princes and princesses of the Kingdom of Heaven. Even if everything is lost, we should long for the heart and will of the Father. When you are able to find meaning in your life, meaning in the church, and meaning in society, while you long for those, God will not send you to hell even if you try to go. God will claim such people.

The topic of today’s talk was “The Father and I,” but we are unworthy to use the word “Father.” We should experience the times when even saying the word “Father” makes us feel unworthy. We should have the attitude that says, “Father, how can a lowly person like me call you Father?” There is no need to say anything else. The right of ownership of the cosmos will be decided as you call out “Father” with your body and mind united and a desperate heart. Heavenly Father is longing for such Unificationists.

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