From Pauses for Pentecost
He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.
Right at the outset, let me say that the word all really does mean all! Our daily verse invites us to find Christ in everything. Paul tells us that, through Jesus’s ascended presence, his Spirit now fills all things, the visible and the invisible, the conscious and the unconscious, the physical and the spiritual. Nothing is exempt from his living presence. He wants to meet us, wherever we are, whatever we are doing, whoever we are with. His glorious reality penetrates and permeates the whole Earth.
Everything changes when we build our lives on this Biblical conviction. It is within our everyday lives – cooking meals, playing with our children, cleaning the house, going to work, enjoying friendships – that we get to live out our union with the risen and ascended Christ. Through the Spirit, Christ is present with us wherever we are in whatever activity, revealing God’s love for us. This is the life-giving insight that Brother Lawrence brings to the world in his wonderful book, The Practice of the Presence of God. Brother Lawrence learned to meet God both in the sacraments of the Eucharist and in daily life. Within the midst of our own busy and active lives – provided we are willing to learn how to practice the presence of God – this can be our experience as well.
Some simple steps can get us going along this path of practicing the presence of Christ. We can learn how to regularly turn our minds in a Christward direction throughout the day. Simply repeating the name of Jesus with love and affection is one way to do this. We can choose to remain constantly thankful each day for all the gifts that come our way. Living thankfully nurtures our awareness of the Divine Presence. Above all, we can seek to do everything we do for Christ, offering our daily work to him as our act of living worship. Through simple practices like these, developed into habits over time, we come to know that Christ indeed fills all things.
Select one way of deepening your awareness of Christ’s presence in all things and put it into practice.