Welcome Home, Jesus

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A couple of weeks ago, we reflected on Jesus’ statement in the Book of Revelation: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (3:20).  This conveys clearly the startling truth that God desires us, desires to be with us, and yet always respects our free will.  Each of us has the authority to invite him in or to turn him away.
 
In the last blog, we began the journey of inviting Christ Jesus and his power more deeply into the home: welcoming him, visiting each room, using prayer and Holy Water.
 
A next step in welcoming Jesus more deeply into the home is to pray specifically and with intention for each person who lives there. We are sometimes tempted, because of busyness or ignorance, to pray as a child: God bless Mom. God bless Dad. God bless Grandma and Grandpa.  God bless Susie.  Amen.
 
Inviting God more deeply into the fabric of the home means praying out of a place of reality. In our personal prayer time, we can pray for each person in the household, mentioning specifically what is worrying them, what burdens they are carrying, what they need and what they want, weaknesses they are struggling with, physical and emotional issues which need healing and especially their relationship with God – faith. Offer God their deepest wounds and thank him for their greatest joys.
 
We can pray about things we know little about: members of the household struggling with addiction, depression, broken hearts, lack of faith or hope or joy. 
 
Check out your house for the presence of the crucifix, the cross, pictures or icons of Mary or St. Michael or patron saints. Every room should have at least one highly visible reminder that God cares about the people in this house. As a family, shop in a religious goods store or online for religious images for your home that are/could be meaningful to all of you.
 
Make certain that the Bible is always visible and in a place of honor. Place a special candle nearby which can remind you of your faith or the loved ones who have passed on.
 
Never begin a meal without being conscious of God’s goodness. At the very least, make the Sign of the Cross. For help with a prayers before a meal, visit https://goo.gl/9ASLiX
 
And, finally, never begin or end the day without saying, “Thank you, God, for this place which you have given me to live and which you have chosen to be your home as well.”