Jesus continues with this lavish affirmation that we can rest in the confidence that he knows us. Jesus’ commitment to us has no limits. We have been invited into the very center of his life. And not only that, but his life is in the center of the life of the Father and the Spirit. We are caught up in the very life of the Trinity. And their relationship is marked by complete and uninhibited knowledge of one another that pours out in self-emptying love.
It has been said that there is no safer place to be than in the center of God’s will. I might amend that a bit to say that the safest place to be is to be fully known in the perfect, unconditional love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this place there is no shame, there is no fear, there is no falsity. We are protected and cherished in this love.
But such love is a restless love. It is restless for the full reconciliation of all that God created.
Jesus says that that there are others who are not yet reconciled into this circle of Trinitarian love. And he won’t fully rest until all are gathered together. He won’t rest until we are all part of the dance together.
What astoundingly good news. We have nothing to fear. We will never be alone. We are known. We are loved. We have been gathered.
Jesus speaks of a beautiful unity in this passage. He says there will be one flock and one Shepherd. That raises a challenge for us. Are we prepared to welcome those who are very different than we are? Will we trust Jesus enough to open our hearts to any and all that he gathers?
Your desire is for everyone to live in the reality of reconciliation with you. That generosity can scare us a bit. We confess we are more comfortable with clear boundaries. Help us to receive all those that you welcome without reservation.
Through Jesus’ unconditional love. Amen.