Enter In

Immigration is a big issue these days. But, the movement of people, individually and communally, has always been a feature of human existence.

There are those who are invited but will not enter. There are those who desire to enter but are not invited. Tumultuous and stressful. A lack of mutuality in a lot of ways.

Then, there is that very special condition of being invited and yearning to enter. Sweet. Both are fulfilled. This is how it is supposed to be in our relationship with God. God has a very specific no-negotiable, and sneak-proof immigration policy…All are invited. I am invited. You are invited. Do we really desire to “enter in?” Do we comprehend and appreciate what “entering in” involves and requires of us? Are we willing to enter in on God’s terms or only on our own terms?

Big questions that are essential to what salvation means in our life — personally and communally.

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“God, the Word, stirs up the lazy and arouses the sleeper. For indeed, someone who comes knocking at the door is always wanting to come in. But it depends on us if he does not always enter or always remain. May your door be open to him who comes; open your soul, enlarge your spiritual capacities, that you may discover the riches of simplicity, the treasures of peace and sweetness of grace. Expand your heart; run to meet the sun of that eternal light that “enlightens everyone” (Jn 1,9). It is certain that this true light shines for all, but if anyone shuts their windows then they themselves shut themselves off from this eternal light.

So even Christ remains outside if you shut the door of your soul. It is true that he could enter but he doesn’t want to use force, he doesn’t put those who refuse under pressure. Descended from the Virgin, born from her womb, he shines throughout the universe to give light to all. Those who long to receive the light that shines with an everlasting brightness open up to him. No night comes to intervene. Indeed, the sun we see each day gives way to night’s darkness; but the Sun of justice (Mal 3,20) knows no setting for Wisdom is not overcome by evil.”
Saint Ambrose (c.340-397),  12th Sermon on Psalm 118

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