Friday, 7 May 2010

We will come to him and make our home with him (John 14:23)

We just finished our last week of classes at the university, and have now only one week till the exams. Very soon I will have half of my philosophy done! The time really goes quick!

As such, just a brief thought on the Gospel, as we have our Friday Adoration in the Church in a short while. There is a lot in the passage as the Gospel is taken from John (14:23-29) which usual guarantees some deep pondering. The input I would like to give is specifically related to the verse "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." (Joh 14:23 RSV). God comes to us and makes His home with us...

This week a few times the issue came up of the role of faith and reason. St. Thomas Aquinas would hold that we should be able to talk and discover about God with reason alone, even if without revelation it might take a long time to get to a proper understanding and/or with an admixture of errors. Then twice it came up that somebody said they are agnostic, not atheistic... but for me, being an agnostic just does not make sense any more... but why?

And it is exactly because of this fact "and we will come to him and make our home with him." (Joh 14:23 RSV). Jesus is real, and our faith is real, it is not just some fairytale. And this is something that cannot be put into words... Once God touched my heart, once I realised what the message of Christianity really is, I could not just ignore it any more. The agnostic position is that the existence of God does not really matter, but once somebody has been touched by Gods love, and realised that it is true, there is no option any more of not caring... you either accept it and accent to this discovery and continue to search God or you reject it...

For me, once God touched my soul, there was no real way back into the land of shadows, but only the way forward to investigate and make up my mind... and once I started to search His face and once I realised that God was inviting me to know Him, once I realised it is real there was no way back...

Also, I liked the verse "But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you" (Joh 14:26 RSV) It encourages us to belief and trust in God using us when needed. I know for my part that I am very forgetful, but we can trust on the Holy Spirit who will use us when He needs us, and reminds us of what we need to say... So with this confidence let us go and preach to the nations, that others might also find this treasure hidden in the field... a real treasure of whom to few know the real existence....

1 comment:

Barb Schoeneberger said...

I loved this reflection on the Gospel. Thank you.

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