We are in our Father’s house. This quiet time makes our house the Father’s house. God is our Father—and our Mother. We can relax: the key words in this house are faith and hope and love, not task and duty. The work of God is so much more than mere following of orders or keeping of rules with fear of punishment. The work of God is a lover’s response in a family of lovers who are beloved.
Jesus said: “I do nothing by myself. I say only what the Father has taught me…I did not come of my own will; it was he who sent me” (Jn 8). Jesus’ doing of his Father’s will was based on the Father’s creative, saving, loving plan— connected with Jesus’ role and outreach— always under the Father’s guidance.
Our own call is personal like that of Jesus. Yet we are also a community of disciples. Jesus said: “As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world…” (Jn 17). We can do what I cannot do.
You have called us, Lord, to be your hands and heart in the world in which we live. Show me how to be one with my sisters and brothers in hand and heart.