Just as Jesus was presented in the Temple as an infant, so you are presented to the Temple of Christ’s risen body. Because you live in Christ and Christ lives in you, you are a child of God. John is so in touch with this fact as he cries out in the first verse of the reading, “We are children of God!”
How can we imagine us living in God and God living in us? Here’s something that occurred to me from my own days as a child on the Fourth of July having fun with my brothers and my cousins. We used to make figure eights in the air with sparklers, seeing if we could move fast enough so that “8” would shine out. The two sides of the figure eight blend into each other from right to left, from top to bottom. God in you, and you in God: a sacred figure eight.
Rock gently from side to side and up and down a bit as a sacred figure eight, resting in the presence of God.
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We are called children of God. v. 1
We will see You as You are. v. 2
Being pure as You are pure. v. 3
God’s seed abiding in me v. 9
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