Foolish Fridays 14
Brennan Manning in his The Importance of Being Foolish now turns his focus – and it is a laser beam focus – upon ourselves. He points out something that is so familiar to us it is surprising how true the laser is.
Just as failure to be attentive dissolves personal love in a human relationship, so inattention to the real self dissolves loving awareness of the divine relationship.
In my readings I came across the 17th chapter of John’s Gospel, the prayer of Jesus. We often focus on the words about obedience, and glorifying the Father. All of that is well and good, but I think it is easy to miss a critical point.
Jesus prays that the Father keep them, the disciples, and ultimately us, safe,
So keep them safe by the power of the name that you have given me. Then they will be one with each other, just as you and I are one. (John 17:11, CEV).
Do you see that dual relationship need – so that they may be one as Jesus is one with the Father.
This works both ways, our human relationships, whether in marriage or in friendship, are to be models of the divine relationship. Just as we must work at forming, maintaining and growing our human relationships, we need to be attentive to the primal relationship or nothing lasts.
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.