Friday, 27 March 2015

The Father is in Me

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
Malcolm Davies (No.94)    

The Jews fetched stones to stone him, so Jesus said to them, ‘I have done many good works for you to see, works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?’ The Jews answered him, ‘We are not stoning you for doing a good work but for blasphemy: you are only a man and you claim to be God.’

Jesus answered: ‘Is it not written in your Law: I said, you are gods? So the Law used the word gods of those to whom the word of God was addressed, and scripture cannot be rejected. Yet you say to someone the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming,” because he says, “I am the Son of God.”

If I am not doing my Father’s work, there is no need to believe me; but if I am doing it, then even if you refuse to believe in me, at least believe in the work I do; then you will know for sure that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’

They wanted to arrest him then, but he eluded them. He went back again to the far side of the Jordan to stay in the district where John had once been baptising. Many people who came to him there said, ‘John gave no signs, but all he said about this man was true’; and many of them believed in him. (John 10:31-42)

One of the great teachings that comes from the reflections of Saint Athanasius, Doctor of the Church, in the fourth Century was "God became man so that man might become god."

Another word for that is Theosis, which is the understanding that human beings can have a real union with God, and so become like God to such a degree that we participate in the divine nature.

The early Christians knew that the Word had become flesh. Because the Church Fathers believed that the Word became flesh, this means that the nature of God and the nature of man are united in the one Person of Jesus.

In turn men and women, through the Baptism of the Spirit, can be divinised. This does not mean that a person’s nature changes into the nature of God. This simply means that men and women can partake in the divine nature of God.

How awesome that we have the opportunity to share in the life of the Trinitarian God! 

We can experience this through prayer, communion, fellowship with other Christians, and service according to our gifts and talents.

Malcolm Davies

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection:  Susanne Timpani  Sunday 29th March, 2015