A Course in Miracles Text Made Simple

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Chapter 20: The Vision of Holiness

Section I: Holy Week

Read ACIM Chapter 20, Section I (pages 425-26)

What is holy week a symbol of?

Jesus describes holy week as symbolic of the journey into hell (separation from God) the Son of God has undertaken. He began as a Thought in the Mind of God, tried to separate from his Source and then forgave, or let go of the false idea of separation, where he found that he never really left his home in Heaven. He only dreamed that he had crucified God’s Son.

Jesus tells us, “A week is short, and yet this holy week is the symbol of the whole journey the Son of God has undertaken.” (3:1)

Holy week begins with palms — “the sign of victory, the promise of the resurrection, already given him.” (3:2)

The crucifixion of the Son of God is the symbol of the whole thought system of the ego — the dreams of guilt, attack, suffering and death.

The resurrection is “the symbol of the Son of God’s forgiveness on himself; the sign he looks upon himself as healed and whole.” (1:5)

How do we join Jesus in the resurrection?

Jesus asks us to join him in the resurrection by letting go of dreams of guilt and judgment and helping every brother accept his resurrection: “Let him not wander into the temptation of crucifixion, and delay him there. Help him to go in peace beyond it, with the light of his own innocence lighting his way to his redemption and release. Hold him not back with thorns and nails when his redemption is so near. But let the whiteness of your shining gift of lilies speed him on his way to resurrection.” (3-6)

The more we see through Christ’s vision instead of through the ego’s eyes, the more we are contributing to the resurrection instead of the crucifixion. “If you see glimpses of the face of Christ behind the veil, looking between the snow white petals of the lilies you have received and given as your gift, you will behold your brother’s face and recognize it. I was a stranger and you took me in, not knowing who I was. Yet for your gift of lilies you will know. In your forgiveness of this stranger, alien to you and yet your ancient Friend, lies his release and your redemption with him.” (4:2-5)

How do we make every week a holy week?

As we become willing to see the face of Christ in every brother, we see that every brother in this world of separation never left Heaven and that we are one with every brother in Christ. This is how we make this week and every week holy. This is how we transform the illusion of the crucifixion into the truth of our resurrection — the truth of the one Christ Mind. “Look on your risen Friend, and celebrate his holiness along with me. For Easter is the time of your salvation, along with mine.” (4:7-8)

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