Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23
The relationship between Jesus and the Father is so intimate it is like breathing. God offers this same intimacy to you and me, breathing love into us, and with this breath inspiring us to breathe love into others. This is intimacy with God.
“It is good for you that I’m going,” Jesus said, “because if I go, I can send you my Spirit, my Breath. I want you to fully know and live in me as I and my Father are living in you.” That is why the Holy Spirit is such a gift to us. The Spirit is God’s breath, bringing us into intimate communion. God, by the Spirit, dwells within you—has a home within your heart and mine.
When we read the parable of the prodigal son, we recognize that great message. Jesus makes a home within us, offering us the same intimacy and mutual love that exists between the Father and Son. So it is that, through this gift of God’s Spirit, we are transformed into temples of the Sacred.
O Breath of the Holy Spirit at home in my soul, inspire me to visit you in the chapel of my heart. Let me recognize your image in those I’m called to love and serve.