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John 17:23. I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one…
Jesus speaks about the intimacy he shares with his heavenly Father. He prays that his followers will also have this intimacy. The Father and Jesus are one: the Father lives in Jesus, and Jesus lives in the Father. In order for Jesus’ followers to have this oneness with God, with Jesus, and with each other, Jesus must live within them.
In order for Jesus to live within us, we must have space for Jesus. So many things can distract us and fill our time and thoughts. We can easily give ourselves over to busyness. But what we thought was taking up space also takes something of us with it. All of these thoughts, concerns, things, or problems eventually leave us empty.
Jesus does not leave us empty. He fills us with his life-giving love and hope. When we make a space for Jesus to dwell in us, we discover that the space grows to allow more love and less busyness. We feel at peace, at oneness with God and with our brothers and sisters around us.