43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Jn 1:43–51). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Maybe it’s because I’m in the midst of forming my business structure for Thin Space Ministries and have my ministry descriptions foremost on my mind, but entering this text seemed to define “thin space” in a way I hadn’t expected. “Entering the text” has become a new orientation for me. Rather than hope that God shows up, I’m working on the mindset that God is already there, waiting for me to participate with eyes and heart wide open. God was definitely waiting for me today!
In Celtic theology a thin space or thin place is a geographical location where heaven and earth are so close they almost touch. A thin space feels holy; it almost seems to vibrate with energy. The presence of God is palpable. I don’t think a space or place can get any “thinner" than Jesus’ description of angels of God “ascending and descending upon the Son of Man”! The difference here is that a thin space is not a geographical location, it is the wholly divine/wholly human presence of Jesus.
What does that mean for us? When we accept Jesus as our Savior/Redeemer and commit to picking up our cross and following him we are continually in the presence of a Thin Space. The divinity and humanity of Jesus bring heaven and earth together in way that could only happen with the Son of Man. We don’t have to travel to exotic locations with countless pilgrims to touch thin space. With Jesus, the presence of God is palpable. That sacred, holy place of Immanuel is always with us.
Almighty God, thank you for the gift of the sacrifice, resurrection, and ascension of Your Son and our Savior. Help us during this fast to enter into the presence of the true Thin Space, the divinity and humanity of Jesus the Christ, Immanuel. May we feel that Thin Space deep in our hearts, not just during this time of fasting but through every moment of every day. Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.