5th Sun Easter B
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This Sunday's Exposition
Intrinsic to the nature of Jesus is to be in union with others: intrinsic to him, because this is the nature of the Trinity. There is no Father without a Son, no Spirit without the love between these two. Over and again through the Last Discourse in John’s Gospel, Jesus is trying to convey the radicality of mutual indwelling, within God and between God and us and, as we recognise this reality, between us humans. We come ‘alive’ as we recognise the love in which we have been brought into existence. We come to fullness of life as we allow that divine life to flow through us back to God and out to others.
There is an extraordinary mosaic in the Church of San Clemente (click red text to view this mosaic). Most of the vast dome is filled with the spiralling branches of the vine. It seems that the vine is the branches – which it is. This is the reality that Jesus is trying to convey. When we allow him to abide in us, we enter into that extraordinary abiding that is the life of the Trinity. We are not diminished as persons rather we come to our truest existence as persons. This is why we can ask whatever we will and we will receive it. We will be living according to the heart and mind, indeed, the very life of God.