Thought of the day
Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sixth Sunday of Easter - Year C

“We will come to him and make our dwelling with him”

 “My Father and I will come to him,” that is to say, to the holy of heart, says the Son of God, “and we will make our home with him.” It seems to me that when the psalmist said to God: “You make your dwelling in the holy place, you who are Israel’s praise,” he had no other heaven in mind than the hearts of the saints (Ps 21:4 Vulg). The Apostle Paul expresses it quite clearly: “Christ lives in our hearts through faith” (Eph 3:17). Surely it is no wonder that the Lord Jesus gladly makes his home in such a heaven because, unlike the other heavens, he did not bring it into existence by a mere word of command. He descended into the arena to win it; he laid down his life to redeem it. And so after the battle was won he solemnly declared: “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I have chosen to dwell” (Ps 131[132]:14)... 

     “Why, then, are you sorrowful, my soul, and why are you troubled within me?” (Ps 41[42]:6). Are you trying to find a place for the Lord within yourself? Who among us can provide a fitting place for the Lord of glory, a place worthy of his majesty! O that I might be counted worthy to worship at his footstool, that I might at least cling to the feet of some saintly soul whom “the Lord has chosen to be his dwelling place!” (Ps 32[33]:12). 

     However, the Lord has only to anoint my soul with the oil of his mercy for me in my turn to be able to say: “I have run the way of your commandments because you have enlarged my heart” (Ps 118[119]:32). Then perhaps, even if I cannot usher him into a large and richly furnished room in my heart where he may eat with his disciples (Mk 14:15), I shall at least be able to offer him “a place to lay his head” (Mt 8:20).