Sunday: 2nd June, 2019
John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
A pair of scissors is classified as a first class lever. This means the fulcrum or pivot is sandwiched between the effort and the load. Wondering why the physics lecture? Though called ‘a pair of scissors’, two individual blades are joined together to form that one device. Thus, when you place any load between the blades of a scissors, unless the blades successfully snap shut, they remain separated. However, once closed, there is hardly room to get anything through.
As I reflected on the prayer of Jesus today, the words my Aunt spoke to me when I visited her with my beloved came to mind. In her words, “as a couple be one like a pair of closed scissors, allow nothing or anyone to come between you two”. Thus, as Jesus repeats the words ‘that they may be one’ multiple times and also presents a standard for being one- ‘as ‘He is one with the father’, I pondered on the question, what does it really mean to be one with another?
We could break this up into different forms of oneness: one in heart or one in mind. Regardless, in either of these contexts, ‘being one’ doesn’t simply suggest that each person ceases to have individual opinions, nor does it mean an abandonment of all one stands for to embrace the ideals of another. It means much more.
To be one means to have moved beyond mutual tolerance to embrace true fraternity with solidarity. It means you arrive at the point where you can genuinely stand in agreement with others, not out of compulsion. Sweetheart, we are surrounded by many, but are we truly one with any?