June 8, 2022
“I pray they will be one, Father, just as you are in me, and I am in you. I pray that they also will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me.” ~ John 17:21 CEB
During Jesus’ final meal with his disciples before his betrayal, trial, and crucifixion, he prayed that, “they will be one, Father, just as you are in me, and I am in you.” He didn’t pray for uniformity but unity, like the three persons of the Trinitarian God: Creator/Father; Redeemer/Jesus; Sustainer/Spirit. Three distinct entities dancing in perfect coordination and mutuality with one another.
While taking a walk during my retreat, I luxuriated in the smell of honeysuckle, a smell that takes me back to happy memory of playing in my best-friend’s yard. This time of the year, the yard was heaving with the scent of honeysuckle. We would pluck individual yellow flowers and suck on the end to get a tiny drop of pure sweetness on our tongues.
I stopped often to simply breathe in the smell. During one of those stops, on the lane side of an old farmhouse I saw, and then caught the scent of something remarkable. Yellow honeysuckle blooms were interspersed with pink roses, a perfect representation of unity.
I wonder what would happen if we, as distinct individuals, could learn to live like that, dancing in perfect coordination and mutuality with one another? Everyone once in a while I let go of my own ego long enough to do so. Those are “take my shoes off” moments where the presence of the Holy One is almost palpable. They are answers to the prayer of Jesus. They are miraculous graced times.
I long for more. ~ Anne