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6th Sunday of Easter C

posted 28 Apr 2016, 10:53 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle


1st May 2016


H.B.& Hw.


Take people where they are. Respect people and take


them where they are. 1 find this recommendation


consecrated by the decision of the Apostles. The


conclusion of the Apostles in respect of the Gentiles is:


"It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves


not to saddle you with any burden beyond these


essentials" (Acts 15:29) Respect people and take them


where they are.


 


But "Take people where they are" also reminds us of


the truism that God takes us where we are but loves us


'too much to leave us there. And when we consider our


potential, this must be so. "If anyone loves me he will


keep my word and my Father will love him and we


shall come to him." (John: 14:23) That is our potential.


Divinity. Being indwelt by Father, Son and Spirit.


Adopted into the Trinity. And if God loves us enough


to accept us as we are and too much to leave us there,


we too must accept each other where we find but never


leave it at that.


 


We are meant for divinity. Let us not evacuate tths


reflection. Let us not empty this truth of its sacred


content. This is where God is. This is where we are


meant to be. It is all there in the Apocalypse. "He


showed me the holy city, coming down out of heaven".


This is no town planner's dream come true. Rather it's


the human condition as it can be. You and me as we are


meant to be. Living a fill life and uniquely. Living a


divine life to the praise and glory of God.


 


This is wellbeing. This is the wellbeing Jesus gives us.


It is something our world cannot give with all its


national lotteries and high-tech comfort. We cannot


settle for superficial and ephemeral options. Let us not


miss out! And let us ensure that our brothers and


sisters, young and old do not miss out. There is more to


life There is ii1ite1y more to life than this world ever


dreamed of. 'Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it


entered the hate of men what God has prepared for


those who love him."


 




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