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The Father And I Are One

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Easter

My dear encountered couples:

In marriage it is said that two people become one. It may be very difficult for us to see that on the exterior, but God makes it happen on the interior. He makes an inseparable, crazy-glue-like unity take place between two souls. That explains the words, “What God has joined together, no one can separate.”

When two people are one another’s best friends in marriage, the interior unity is much more visible on the exterior. Even in friendships outside of marriage a unity of two people can become obvious. The two works and struggles together to solve their problems, they are considerate of one another at all times, their mutual love and devotion is admirable. And may I add, they are obedient to one another.

Now don’t get all uncomfortable with the word “obedience” when I mention it existing in marriage and friendship. I am not talking about a master-servant type of obedience, or even that which we expect between parents and children. The obedience I’m talking about is our living to please one another, “your every wish is my command” sort of obedience.

When I love you so much that I can’t wait to do for you what you would like me to do, obedience becomes a joy. That is the relationship that exists between God the Father and God the Son. And so, we hear Jesus in our gospel today saying, “The Father and I are one.”

Jesus and his Father are so much one that obedience for Jesus is a natural result of his wanting to show his love for his Father. Oh that we could become that much one with God! We can. What do you suppose is holding us back?

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