“Giving our hearts to the Lord who knocks at the doors of our lives!”
(Based on Acts 14:5-18 and Jn 14:21-26)
God knocks at my door, seeking a home for His son.
“Rent is cheap”, I say.
“I don’t want to rent. I want to buy”, says God.
“I’m not sure I want to sell, but you might come in to look around”.
“I think I will”, says God
“I might let you have a room or two”.
“I like it”, says God, “I’ll take the two. You might decide to give me more some day.
I can wait”, says God
“I’d like to give you more, but it’s a bit difficult. I need some space for me”.
“I know”, says God, “but I’ll wait. I like what I see”.
“I’d like to give you the whole house, but I’m not sure”
“Think on it”, says God. “I wouldn’t put you out.
Your house would be mine and My Son would live in it.
You’d have more space than you’d ever had before”.
“I don’t understand at all”.
“I know”, says God, “but I can’t tell you about that.
You’ll have to discover it for yourself.
That can only happen if you let me have the whole house”.
“A bit risky”, I say.
“Yes”, says God, “but try me”.
“I’m not sure – I’ll let you know”
“I can wait”, says God, “I like what I see”.
- excerpts from a poem titled “Covenant” by Sr Margaret Halaska
It shows the beautiful dialogue between a soul and God, who desires to dwell in the heart of a person..
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
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 centered 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
The Acts of the Apostles gives us the account of Paul and Barnabas giving a powerful witness in Lystra…
… and demonstrating the Power of the Lord, Who was given the highest priority in their life! (Acts 14:5-18)
The Lord wants a space in our hearts, to dwell in us…
Maybe, some rooms of our heart has been rented to many unwanted habits…
Maybe, some areas of our lives are occupied by unfit tenants of sin and evil…
Maybe, some quarters of our mind are accommodated with unholy and bad thoughts…
God is knocking at our doors, seeking a home for His Son…
We might feel it’s “a bit risky”…
“Yes”, says God, “but try me…I can wait…
I like what I see!”
God Bless! Live Jesus!