Seven more days until the end of the Christmas Season. And in these last days we see the close relationship between Jesus and John reflected in his theology, his understanding of our relationship to Christ.
In today's reading he uses the verb "meno." It means to stop and stay, or to remain. Like a loved one, Jesus is the one who moves, not just in with us, but into us. And we move into him. He becomes our home, and we become his.
As wonderful as it sounds it does come with expectations. Much like my own mother who made it clear, "You live under my roof; you live by my rules", John links our dwelling in Christ to keeping his commandments.
To help us we have some tools. We have the sacraments, especially Eucharist and Reconciliation. Eucharist is the fullness of the presence of Christ avaiable to us in Catholic Churches around the world every day. And when we fall, we can always be assured of the perfect healing of our relationship with Jesus in the sacrament of reconciliation.
When did you last receive the sacrament of Reconciliation or stop by a church and spend a few minutes in quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament?