This Sunday we hear Jesus reveal some radical truths. Desperate for salvation from the Roman occupation, the Jews who were gathering around him almost demand that he tell them whether or not he is the Messiah and Jesus says, “I have told you, and you do not believe.” Radical truth number one!
I can’t tell you how many times I have begged God to reveal something to me, and then find myself arguing with God about the nature of the revelation; as if God can’t possibly be right– not on this issue! It’s so easy to deny that which we do not wish to see, especially if it involves a greater truth about something in ourselves.
Then Jesus opens one truth from the next, from the next, like those beautiful Russian nesting dolls. “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand.” and finally the greatest truth in this exchange, “The Father and I are one.”
It’s a spectacular discourse full of profound spirituality. All things flow from God through the Christ and to all of creation, but do we hear his voice? Do we believe in this divine flow? How easy it is to ignore this invitation because it doesn’t satisfy our thirst for duality– our need to be right and others wrong. Or, perhaps we struggle with it because we haven’t yet allowed ourselves to experience the reality of an unconditional love.
All of us are invited– ALL of us. Once we step into the great stream of love flowing from God through Christ and the Holy Spirit to everything that was, and is, and is to come, we will have accepted a truth so powerful that nothing can snatch it away. We will know what eternal life is really about for we will have bound ourselves, through Jesus, to the Creator of everything. For the Creator and the Christ are one!