We didn’t get to share much of the Sunday readings for The Ascension of The Lord at our Gathering on the 19th, and none from The Seventh Sunday of Easter. So, I thought I’d make some time here to reflect on the Gospel reading from the Seventh Sunday, since I see the whole of John 17 as so foundational to my own theology and spirituality. May be true for you, too…..
The convolution of Jesus with the [Mother] is a constant source of Truth for us Christians. We feebly attempt to explain this connection in much of our Trinitarian theologies, much to the confusion of most! What this Truth really gets to at the core is that God is Relationship. She is in perpetual relationship with Jesus, and in turn with all of creation (kosmos in Greek). This relationship is the heart of Jesus’ Priestly Prayer here in John 17. He is asking God to give everything to his disciples that God has given to him. That’s everything! The Oneness of the Son with God is the Oneness we have with God. And not just us as disciples, but all people, all creation, all things in the heavens and the earth, all things throughout the universe.
I have Teilhard de Chardin to thank for guiding me into seeing this Truth alive in the scriptures, in our Christian traditions, and in turn all human religious and spiritual traditions. We use a lot of different language, theology, and philosophy to explain it, but the John 17 Mysticism makes its way through even the clumsiest of formulas. God is Relationship within Herself, and Jesus reveals this relationship to all the world. Now it’s our turn to do the same, in what we do, see, say, and proclaim.
I experience this Oneness every chance I can get- struggling to live as Jesus lived every day I’m still alive, breathing in deeply the stuff of the universe around me, sitting in meditative prayer (Centering or otherwise!), living and working in relationship with other human beings, listening to the songs of the universe all around me- the birds of the air, the wind, the rain, the dance of the stars across the night. John 17 Mysticism becomes Real if and when I open my eyes to it. How ’bout for you?