Make Preparations

"He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there." Jesus (Luke, 22:12)

That furnished "upper room" to which Jesus referred, is a perfect symbol of the internal lodging of the soul.

Viewing Nature, which offers such wonderful lessons in all areas of activity, we observe that men await each day always renewing the dispositions of the home. Here, we sweep the waste, there walls are ornamented. The furniture, usually the same ones, are put through a daily cleaning process.

The conscientious individual will recognize that the majority of his actions in the physical experience are involved in incessant preparation for the life that he will face beyond the death of the body.

If this occurs in the physical existence on Earth, what can we not say about the appropriate spiritual effort for the eternal path?

Without a doubt, numerous people will go through each day in an irrational manner, moving about mechanically. They arise from bed, feed the perishable body, are absorbed with trifles, then return to sleep again, each night.

The sincere student does know that he has reached the symbolic "upper room" of his heart. Although he is not able to change his ideas daily, as occurs with the furniture in the residence, he gives them a new shine frequently, by improving the impulses, renovating conceptions, elevating wishes, and always improving the laudable qualities that he already possesses.

The individual that is simply a materialist awaits the future of a physical organic death; the spiritual individual awaits the Divine Master, in order to consolidate his personal redemption.

Do not abandon, therefore, the "upper room" of faith, and there within make preparations for constant ascension.

XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 144.