May 8, 2016
The Seventh Sunday after Easter
The good news for the Day
Lifting up his eyes, Jesus prayed: “Holy Father, I am praying not just for them, but also for those persons who will through their presentation come to believe in me, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” (John 17, 20-16)
In this conversation with our father, Jesus reveals something amazing—Good News that is something you do not realize, fail to appreciate, and almost would like to deny! It is hard—very hard—to believe what He is really telling you here—that you are “one with God,” that Jesus does not just include you in the Divine Family—but that HE MEANS IT.
He does not want you to stay merely human! He wants you to participate in divinity, to be “Children of God” in a real sense. Read this a dozen times, and you come to the same conclusion—“you”—a mere human begotten through human parents—may be one “in Jesus” and “in the Father”—“in us”! It seems heretical, outlandish, and unbelievable.
Obviously, you need to slough off preconceptions, revise understandings, and open your heart to an unbelievable way of thinking.
Jesus sees himself as the THE son of man, the basic human being, a personality free to choose cooperation and co-creation with God our Father. If you “become one” with Jesus—share that view and that activity—you are “doing the same thing” alongside the Creator—you make a better world, offer redemption by forgiveness, healing help and discovering truth. You build on your life in time—to make and be in a timeless realm—a real realm of compassion, mercy and peace making. These elements of love form the whole point of God’s creation! As a child of our common Father, you co-create light and life, truth and order. You die to chaos and the old order—to rise—and share—a changed world.