30 May 2017
The gospel of John today (17:1-11a) gives us a little peek into the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. The heart of God is opened up to us, like an open door. Think of Christmastime or Thanksgiving, when the world is a little chilly, but through that door you’ll find a comfortable warmth, the welcome of family and friends, and a place where you know you belong. That’s what John’s gospel opens us up to today.
And that’s simply because at the heart of God is the Holy Spirit, that eternal warm welcome and loving embrace that we all want to be a part of. The gospel, the “good news” today is that the door is always open to us. And, in fact, the Spirit has already visited us and said, “Come! Come and be loved by God who is Love. Come to eternal life, today!”
In another few days we’ll be celebrating Pentecost, we’ll be celebrating that we don’t have to wait to see heaven—heaven has come to us. The life of God, the Spirit, has come to us. And what else is there to do but to accept that; to accept God’s grace, his compassion, his divine love. What else is there for us but to peek into that open door of God’s heart and say, “I want to be a part of that.” Thanks be to God for showing us the way, the truth, and the life.