Now the day of Mars has been reached and the conflict flares up in earnest. Goethe’s statement that world history is nothing else than a continuous fight of belief against unbelief touches the truth that is given in all detail during the Tuesday of Holy Week.
All opposition to Christ and hostility to the Spirit has its root in unbelief, in deeply hidden weakness and fear.
To work upon one’s own soul demands the greatest courage.
The wedding garment is the soul become radiant through purification. The oil in the lamps is a picture of the forces of the soul to be won by struggle.
The talents increased by personal effort are the spiritual organs in man brought to further development. To hold the balance between earthly duties and spiritual ideals, gains sovereignty over all earthly conditions. Even if, as at that time, a monster occupies the throne,
He is able to say “Render to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things which are God’s.”
In the concluding vision of the dividing of mankind, the true quality of inner courage is described:
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
The true path to the spirit shows itself in the power to love. Love is the opposite of fear. All genuine inner development begins with inner courage and finds its goal in love. So His words of spiritual battle end in words of love.