Meditating on the Lord's Prayer with St Genesius
Who art in Heaven
Our true home is in heaven where God is: as children of the Eternal Father, as brothers and sisters of Christ, the house of God is our house, life there is our eternal destiny. Too often we can get caught up so much in the affairs of the world, building our home here, that we can forget that we must also be engaged in preparing for our home in heaven. Indeed we forget that what we do here, all that we do here, should be oriented towards our eternal home, also oriented towards helping our brothers and sisters set their sights on God’s house. God is in heaven, and he calls us to himself. He assists us to live lives that are full, meaningful and heroic, so we may enter into his kingdom as heirs, as his children, as citizens. St Genesius understood this. Though he may have been a slave of Rome, in faith he knew he was free-born in heaven through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whatever may ail us here in life, whatever our cross, whatever the world has done to us or thinks of us, our true home is in heaven where God is, and as we seek to be citizens of that kingdom, we may begin living that citizenship here on earth.