A story is told of a famous violinist who was to perform at a concert hall of world renown.
As he stood before the packed house that night and played his violin, he mesmerized the audience with his prowess and skill…
…and he was given a standing ovation.
He looked at the crowd for a moment and walked off the stage…
… only to return to render another performance.
To the amazement of the crowd, this performance was even more beautiful and flawless than the first.
He looked to the audience and left the stage for the second time, but was beckoned back by the deafening roar of the multitudes…
… and rendered a third performance.
This sequence was repeated several more times until finally the man finished his piece, looked to the audience…
… nodded his head and simply walked off the stage…
… while the cheers could still be heard.
Reporters pressed outside the violinist’s dressing room, waiting to catch a word from the man who had just given the performance of a lifetime.
As he emerged from the small room, one reporter asked the question, “Sir, why did you give so many encore performances?
>> You could have stopped after the first and everyone would have been amazed.”
The violinist stopped and replied, “For the very first time in my career, my master, the one who taught me to play the violin, was in the audience.
When I finished my performance, everyone stood except for one person.
>> I played again, and everyone stood to applaud except for him.
I continued to play.
On the conclusion of the last, I looked into the seats and I noticed that everyone, including my master, was standing and applauding!
It was only then that I was satisfied that I had done a good job.”
What about us?
>> Do we live our Christian lives in such a way that is pleasing to Jesus, our Master?
Do we allow Him to find a place in our hearts…
… so that we can reflect His Divine Touch, by our words and deeds?
The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus throwing light on this beautiful theme of God wishing to make a home in our hearts: “Those who love me, will keep my word, and My Father will love them and we will come and make our home with them” (Jn 14: 23)
The story of the Bible is a God who longs to dwell with His people.
In the Old Testament, we see the Garden of Eden was a beautiful communion of the first parents with God.
The atmosphere was so much homely… so much loving
But sin caused a rupture in this homely bonding between God and human beings.
But the Lord, still longed to dwell with His people…
>> He accompanied the Israelites in their journey through the desert…being with them as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
>> He also established His glory among the people of Israel by dwelling in the ark of the covenant.
Every now and then, the people sinned and lost this presence of the Lord
Through the prophets, the Lord would invite the people to come back to His homely presence.
Finally, in the fullness of time, God decided to dwell with humans, when the Eternal Word became flesh..
>> Jn 1: 14, “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us”
To perpetuate His continual presence, Jesus also gave us His Body and Blood, in Real Presence, when He instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper with the culmination of His Sacrifice on the Cross, and His rising from the dead.
This then, is the story of the longing of a God who yearns to dwell with His people.
Jesus re-iterates this constant longing of the Lord, by promising, “Those who love me, will keep my word, and My Father will love them and we will come and make our home with them” (Jn 14: 23)
The Lord wishes to dwell more close to us..
He longs to have a home in our hearts…
>> Do we make the space for Him?
The Lord promises to come and make His home in our hearts, if we love Him and keep His Word.
Loving Him requires giving Him the highest priority and precedence in our lives
>> Keeping His Word requires following His teachings and commandments at all times.
Loving Him means to constantly long for Him and to have our thoughts centred on Him
>> Keeping His Word means to make decisions and choices based on His Gospel virtues
Loving Him means to free our hearts from undue and inordinate attachments
>> Keeping His Word means to go against our personal choices to preserve His Will and plans
Let us seek to live our Christian lives in such a way that is pleasing to Jesus, our Master!
Yes, let us allow Him to find a place in our hearts…
… so that we can reflect His Divine Touch, by our words and deeds!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast…
… and our trust fixed on God!”