Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. - Matthew 22:34-40 (NIV)
During the first part of Holy Week, Jesus went back and forth from home (Bethany) to Jerusalem, where he continued to teach and confront. Somewhere in the quiet of those evenings at home, Jesus must have been prayerfully immersed with the Father. As He prayed, the questions regarding the last few days of His earthly mission must have swirled through His heart and mind. I imagine that Jesus was thinking over the implications of that descent into the city a couple of days before. His mind must have contemplated the temple and the Jewish people and God’s ultimate purposes and plans. Scripture, no doubt, danced through His mind as He allowed the Holy Spirit to speak and lead and enlighten.
These evenings must have been times when the words of Scripture, the presence of the Father, the experiences of the Son, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit marinated together to solidify the deepest realities of God’s kingdom. We may not often think of Jesus as a learner, but in order to be fully human, He must have had to spend time and energy to understand and grow. We certainly see the depth of His teaching in these days, none more profound than the words that roll from the very heart of God in Matthew 22:37-40. “What is the greatest commandment of the law? ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Home is a place to learn. It is a place to invite the presence of the Father, the experiences of the Son, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to teach us.
- Have you slowed down and asked good questions in these days of confinement?
- Have you quieted your mind and indulged in childlike wonder at this most Holy of weeks?
- What do you think God wants you to learn? Have you sat in His presence and asked Him?
- Where do the experiences of Jesus cause you to see that He really was tempted in every way as you are tempted?
- Where might the Holy Spirit be ready to pour out empowerment so that His strength might be made perfect in your weakness?
Today's Breath Prayer
Home is a place to learn - Jesus did… and we are invited to share in His heart, mind, soul, and spirit. Pause and set your intention to become fully present to Jesus. Remember that He is your home, He is with you in this moment as your source of love and your place of learning.
- Breathe IN and hear Jesus saying to you, “I am love” -OR- [short version] "Love"
- Breathe OUT and hear Jesus saying to you, “Learn from me” -OR- [short version] "from Me"
- Repeat three times and notice the effect this prayer has on you
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