i must confess that the idea of writing this post did not came from reading a high rated scientific research or a great book. it just happened to see -well, actually to have my eyes blocked at- an advertisment at the entrance of euroaiport basel-mulhausen.
i will let the ad speak for itself
my first social media reaction was to post this picture and make fun of it by adding: Wanna’ have a meeting with yourself? Book now at Euroairport Basel!
ha-ha-ha, very funny. it’s not even funny enough to share this with your friends on different social pages (and that’s proven by the fact, that no one found this picture funny enough to share it or re-post it-thanks to those who liked it-). but this ad just wouldn’t let me rest.
so, hereby the actual blog post…
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. – this is a very strong message from Jesus and it is quoted from matthew 18.20 by a large amount of christians, also by all those who feel inspired, motivated and supported in their solitude. many would say now something like yes, but i can very well pray at home in loneliness or i don’t feel like going to church or a praying group to express my faith or i prefer to meditate alone and faith is a private thing and so on…
faith is personal, but never private – this is what Jesus wants to point out. it’s not that His presence is revoked when we are alone, or that he grants His attendance only if there are a minimum of two people. indeed he encourages us to be on our own and spend time in solitude -see matthew chapter 6. but after our own devotion and spiritual practice, we have to step in the crowd. we need to be able to surrender egoistic spirituality, never draw the line and always share christian faith with others. personal, but never private.
just for fun 1: i would like to see the reaction of those who handle the bookings for these rooms, if i would call them and rent out a meeting room for 1 person.
just for fun 2: what if i would book a room for two persons, God and i. would they put me to pay for two people?