“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own;
but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” – John 14:10
In meditating further on Jesus, my thoughts are drawn to a prayer I learned as a child which was said at the Offertory and has not been included in the liturgy in a very long time. “Oh, God, Who established the nature of man in wondrous dignity, and more admirably restored it, grant that though the mingling of this water and wine, that we may share in his Divinity, Who has condescended to share in our Humanity, Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.” Because Jesus shares in our humanity, we share in His Divinity.
John further quotes Jesus, “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works I do.” If we define “grace” as our communion with God and His communion with us, Jesus’ words, “It is the Father who lives in me accomplishing his works” is essential to Christian life.
Mary Catherine Cousins was received into the Episcopal Church at St. Mark’s on Bellaire Blvd. about 7 years ago. She was Catholic before and her parish church was St. Vincent de Paul just a short distance down from St. Mark’s on Bellaire Blvd. She stumbled upon St. Stephen’s by chance. She found this church to be most welcoming as is reflected in the diversity of the congregants. She has participated in Grace Place, Lord of the Streets, and most recently, the Lay Eucharistic Visitation.