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In today’s episode, we talk about very important topics like self-care and mental health as we answer an anonymous question from a listener. The question deals with giving oneself permission to be human, but how does one do that? And what does the Bible say about this problem?

We also queer this week’s text from John 14:15-21. We remind everyone to take the time to accept and honor the divinity that is within us. That while it feels like the world is oppressing us, we can be comforted that Jesus is with us and we have our community behind us, rallying with us. So stay tuned and we hope you learn something from this episode.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Life and weather updates from Fr. Shay and Brian [0:41]
  • Shoutout to Zabby Heying who joined 6 months ago [3:55]
  • An anonymous listener question about what does the Bible say about self-care [4:28] 
  • The Bible talks a lot about mental health, but it’s not the only tool available [5:04]
  • Elijah and his depression [6:16]
  • Jesus’ self-care practice [6:54]
  • Join us in Sanctuary Collective [7:52]
  • We queer a text from John 14:15-21 [8:49]
  • There’s more to the scripture: honor the divinity inside of you [10:16]
  • The feeling of being orphaned [11:24]  
  • The assurance of having a comforter in Jesus and in our community [11:53]
  • Fr. Shay hates the gospel of John because… [12:17]
  • The spirit in the queer people [13:07]

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John 14:15-21

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will send another Companion, who will be with you forever. This Companion is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world can’t receive because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be with you.

“I won’t leave you as orphans. I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

Photo by Greg Rakozy

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