I and the Father are one.
Today’s verse is the mysterious flip side of the age old creed of Israel, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Dt 6:4). The assumption had always been that God was “One” in the sense of solitary, awful and alone above all the cosmos. But in these few simple and impenetrable words, Jesus declared to His startled hearers that God was most deeply “one” in the way a family is “one.” He is three distinct persons Who are one in being, not three gods but One. His Oneness is not the oneness of isolation, but the oneness of Love. Praise God for the mystery of His Trinitarian love!
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