Thur, 5/28/20: "They are your gift to me"
Today's readings can be found: [HERE]
It borders on the unbelievable, and is certainly unimaginable from a purely human perspective, but God desires humanity to be part of the Blessed Trinity. Recall this [previous post] for a brief primer on this radical calling.
How many times do we have to hear Jesus speak of unity with his Father and with his disciples before we allow that good news to sink in? Even today, we overhear his words to the Father: "that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us..."
We have no existence apart from God. It's not as if God is "there" and we are "here" wherever here or there may be. Our only existence can be in God. And God has desired, not out of any need, but purely from his abundance of perfect love, that we participate in the inner life of the Holy Trinity.
"Father, they are your gift to me," Jesus says. In other words, for some unfathomable reason, the Father chooses to interact with the Son through us. And the Son received us as the gift of the Father, no matter what that would mean. And we know what that would mean. Whenever we look upon the crucifix, we see "us". We see the cost of accepting humanity from the Father. It led to the cross.
And the Son has chosen to use us as the means through which he responds to the Father: "I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one," etc. etc.
May God grant us the courage to receive so noble a calling. May God bless you.
Michelangelo's, The Creation of Adam: retrieved from: [https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Creación_de_Adám.jpg