April 23, Jerusalem VII: Where is the Holy City?

 

Jesus told the Samaritan woman that:

The hour cometh, when you shall neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, adore the Father. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth. (John 4: 21-24)

Does adoring him in spirit mean not adoring him in the body by kneeling, standing or sitting cross-legged, nor by lighting a candle or burning incense or fingering beads?

No! Our spirit is not to be disconnected from our body in this life, and we will not be healed in the next till our spirits are embodied again.

We may pray almost out of the body with Blake’s angelic Londoners; with the pilgrims of Algiers, Valencia and St Omer, adding our little tokens to theirs; or quietly in our rooms at home like Daniel the prophet (Daniel Chapter 6).

Daniel in Babylon prayed facing Jerusalem (6:10) as a bodily expression of his heartfelt prayer, but Jerusalem was in his heart already.

No matter how we spend our time of prayer, we can be building the New Jerusalem in England’s green and pleasant land, or any other land under God’s Sun.

And we can ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!’

MMB.

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