Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.
To be ‘at home’ with another person conveys the sense of feeling accepted, understood and welcomed. ‘We really like one another’, could be another way of expressing the reality.
An interesting aspect of the scripture quote is that Jesus takes the initiative. ‘I’ve made my home with you,’ he says. ‘I’m at home with you.’ Now it is up to us to make it a mutual feeling.
Jesus clearly seemed to be ‘at home’ with sinners in his lifetime. Why should it be any different for us? Why not, at least, try taking him at his word and try relating with him as someone close to us, accepting, understanding and caring about us.
The challenge is that if there is some aspect of our behaviour Jesus is not comfortable with, like a good friend he will, in his own way, point it out to us.
Reflections for Sundays
God Is With Us
Michael Morwood MSC