Catholic Contemplative Affiliation

Sunday Readings

The Meditation

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle C, May 26, 2019
Readings: Acts of the Apostles 15.1-2,22-29; The Book of Revelation 21.10-14, 22-23;
John 14.23-29
A very beautiful Spanish expression welcomes a guest into a home.  The expression is: “Estas en tu casa;” which means, “You are in your house.”  The hosts say: “You are now in your house—estas en tu casa—we share with you what is ours; feel at home.”
The home is a person’s castle.  It’s held sacred in our Constitution.  To receive someone into your home is a great act of friendship and of kindness.  You share with the guest the warmth, the special character of your home, food and drink, conversation and a period of relaxation.
Hospitality is a powerful example of contemplation.  In the mystery of our faith the Triune God welcomes us into divine union and the experience of God as revealed as Trinity in Christ Jesus.  Jesus says in today’s Gospel:
Anyone who loves me will be true to my word, and my Father will love him; and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him always.
The Trinity will make their home with us.  We in turn welcome God into the dwelling place of our heart, into the dwelling place of our consciousness.  The dwelling is mutual; it is indwelling.  God says to us:  Estas en tu casa.  And we are empowered to say to God:  Estas en tu casa.
Part of the divine mystery is that God is transcendent.  God is completely out of the range of our ability to touch God or see Him or hold Him in anyway.  That is the one part of the living mystery of God. 
The other part of the mystery is that God is also immanent to His creation.  God holds us and all life and creation in the power of His love and wisdom.  St. Paul says: In God we move and have our being.  But in an infinitely different way, immanence common to humanity gives way to the indwelling of the Trinity in the regeneration and adoption given in Baptism. 
In the state of Christ’s grace we can say that God is more me than I am myself.  We can say that not because we are God but because we exist only because God is and loves us in Christ Jesus.  In truth we can say: Eternal, blessed Father, Son and Holy Spirit:  You are in my house; I welcome You.
Our Christian contemplative life is really eternal life with God already begun through the regeneration of grace.  We are already in heaven.  We dwell with the Triune God in a common house, the temple of our soul-spirit-body within the greater Body of Christ, the Church.  “You are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1ff).
There are times, however, when our visit to a house is not pleasant.  You visit and are received into the house.  But you soon realize that you are not part of the action.  You are ignored.  Your hosts are too distracted; you feel uncomfortable.  Within the home of our consciousness we treat God in this manner.  We can say metaphorically that God many times sits in the corner unattended to as we busy ourselves with many things that we think are important.  We are busy with our agenda.  And thus, the presence of God, the burning light and blazing fire of the Divinity is ignored.
Prayer is to become quiet and to attend to the Guest within us and at the same time to comprehend that even more we are His guest: we are in Him.  The Triune God within us is ready to fill us with light and love, with power and life.  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit can become our life and light.  We then are a light which will shine upon many in the darkness of this world.  God dwelling within is a love that can warm many in the coldness of this selfish society.
The paradox of it all is that in reality our welcoming God into the dwelling of our heart and mind is a possibility only because God welcomes us into His home in the power of the Christ’s passion and resurrection.  God calls us to live in Him.  The Trinity dwells with us only because we dwell in God—hence the recurring phrase in St. Paul’s epistles, “In Christ Jesus.” 
The glory of the final Kingdom is that God will be the Temple of our indwelling:
I saw no temple in the city.  The Lord, God the almighty, is its temple—he and the Lamb (Second Reading).  (That is why the root word for “contemplation” is “temple” –the place of divine presence and dwelling.)
Can we stir ourselves up, move, yearn, desire that we enter into this  mutual divine indwelling?
Let our Holy Eucharist and Communion be the sacramental celebration of, and nourishment for, divine union, for the indwelling of the Trinity.
William Fredrickson, Obl. Secular OSB; D.Min.


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