Friday, 1 May 2015

Jesus a concierge?

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.112)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (14:1-6)
Jesus said to the disciples:
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you.
I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too.
You know the way to the place where I am going.’
Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said:
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’

Jesus can be likened to a concierge in a hotel preparing a room for special guests. He prepares a place for us with the Trinity and he stays with us to serve and strengthen us in our difficulties and to sustain us in our spiritual relationship.

One word that the Fathers of the Church used to describe the relationship between the Father, Son and Spirit is perichoresis, which can be described as mutual indwelling without loss of personal identity. Only the Trinity could have union without loss of personal distinction.

Through the work of Jesus, we have been adopted into the Trinitarian life. In other words, we exist in union with the Triune God, but we do not lose our distinct personhood in the process.

Thomas seeks some kind of map to the Father’s house but he does not understand that he only needs a relationship with Jesus to come into communion with the Father.

The way to wholeness and holiness, the perfection of our human nature, is to share fully in the communion of the Trinity.

If we are open to that Trinitarian life, then we will continue the mission of Jesus to bring about the salvation of the world, because we will be the presence of the Father and the Son in the power of the Spirit in our world.

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.

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