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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."