Worshiping in Spirit and Truth

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth.   John 4:23-24   (NAB)

I had someone say to me recently,”I can meet God anywhere.” And that is true…to an extent. I’ve also heard people say,”I can worship God anywhere.” And that is true…to an extent. The above verse is often used in an attempt to justify personal worship over corporate worship.

Jesus is not referencing some sort of interior worship, within our own spirit. This is a reference to the Holy Spirit, given by God, that reveals what His truth is; and enables us to worship the Father, in the most appropriate way.

Jesus is addressing the issue of centrality; to worship “here” or “there”, Jerusalem or Mount Gerizim. He is revealing, to the woman at the well, that those who worship the Father in this “hour” that is “now here” are on the world-wide scale, not just Jerusalem or Mount Gerizim.

Over spiritualizing everything in scripture is not yielding to the Spirit of truth. When God created us, He wasn’t surprised that we were physical beings. In fact, He made the earth and all that dwells in it, not just for His glory but for our pleasure. These things in the physical world, should serve as reminders of God’s great love and provision for us.

Isn’t this one of the reasons God created the Church, as a visible sign of a spiritual reality? The Church is not just this cosmic spiritual body, it’s also a universal physical body. Again I will make the statement, it’s not an either/or, but, a both/and.

Yes we can see God in nature. We can feel His presence in our car, and we can worship Him in those places. But the ultimate act of worship is renewing the covenant with God, through the Eucharist of Christ, and letting Him change us, conforming us to the image of His Son, by becoming a living sacrifice.



4 Responses

  1. Interesting stuff… glad you’ve written another post!!

    Every blessing
    Maria in the UK

  2. Thanks


  3. I find that “either/or” is huge in Protestantism and what I like about the Catholic faith is that the entirety of Scripture is taken into account… There is an invisible church but there is ALSO a VISIBLE Church. And this idea gives me a much greater sense of belonging to the body of Christ than I had being part of this huge invisible body with all its internal differences.

  4. Well said, Amber. How could we ever exclude a visible church? Now, on the other side, it doesn’t make sense does it?

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