“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
-1 John 4:16
Within every single human being is this passion, this Eros, this fire, this desire. And, when the Holy Spirit comes into your life, it comes alongside your spirit or your will, and guides that fire within you so that it becomes life giving.
In other words, because of the Holy Spirit, Jesus becomes present through the whole Church. That means that, in a weird way, Jesus is sitting right next to you in that pew right now. Did you know that? Right now. Not in the same way that he was back then, but because the Holy Spirit dwells in believers on either side of you, Jesus is made present in you and next to you.
Though most people don’t have the faith to believe this, every single believer has the power to do what Jesus did, if only they believe. And that person, that kind of power, is directly to your left and to your right. Through believers, God becomes touchable, approachable, ever-present, dwelling within us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you are in me and all around me because your Holy Spirit dwells in all believers. What comfort I feel knowing how close you are every moment of every day. Amen.
Reflection: As you think about the nearness of God, how do you feel?