Perfectionism (Message of Light)

From the Gospel of Matthew 5:48: 

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

The holy scriptures speak to us… But « having ears to hear » precisely the deep meaning conveyed by each word, that is the difficulty and subject of division in this world. What is perfection? In certain translations, notably Chouraqui’s, the word « integrity » is rather used instead of « perfect »… Obviously, this gives us a clue for understanding since Christ seems to use the same word when addressing the rich young man: « If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. » (Matthew 19:21). In this latter excerpt, would Christ be asking this materially wealthy young man to become pure and without sin? We know that despite observing the commandments from his youth on, every moment of his life has been different from the previous one. Missteps in direction, judgment and choices are never far away. And yet he can « become » perfect by detaching himself from his possessions and embracing this spiritual dimension proposed by the Lord… So here is the question: « what is this dimension of perfection? » Is it external? Is it merely what our eyes see?

Perfection, as a concept, does not exist outside of God. Being perfect, everything He has created is perfect. This is a universal truth. Every creature, including humans, is therefore perfect. But if that’s the case, why would Christ ask us to be perfect? It’s because we are hardly aware of this reality! To become perfect, one would need to have total awareness of what they are! And this requires a very high level, that of complete knowledge. However, man loves perfection or rather the image that this concept reflects. And for that reason, he is willing to hide from the world; he is hardly himself; he wants to cultivate an image that will be accepted as « perfect » by the world. And this perspective creates a great deal of turmoil in our lives.

God is the great All. His perfection only makes sense in the fact that he unites everything that exists. He is the One. The nameless. The indivisible. And the individuation of souls does not detract from this unity of the great All! What is called « perfection » therefore resides in becoming aware of this integrity of the great All: souls now know that they have a common homeland: God. That is the great truth. The principle of unity is the light that frees the world and beings from all problems. And for good reason, all adversity, all conflicts and wars arise only because men believe themselves to be separate from each other and separate from God. Thus, as soon as one becomes aware of this truth: « Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. » (Matthew 25:40), one begins to approach this ideal of perfection! Everything I possess belongs to others. Everything I am, I am for others! Therefore, one cannot « desire » to be perfect. We choose to walk towards this state of being by working with our whole being in this direction. Every thought, action or word must reflect the unity of everything that exists.And this means changing our perception of things and the world… To see in every being divine creation, an expression of perfection and therefore respect it as such – that is the new dimension into which Lord invites us to enter!

Good meditation.


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