What he is writing about is a change of consciousness in ourselves.
This is what the Father wants to give us; this is the purpose for which he created the universe, and for which he is now sending his Son… That we should be given a new mind and a new heart.
He is offering us the free gift of metanoia – a change of heart and mind.
This greek word is most often translated as repentance… And we can often assume that repentance is something within ourselves… We change our heart, our mind… But we retain ownership and control.
Our self consciousness is ego-centric, and consequently we are filled with anxiety about “what we shall eat and drink, and what clothes we wear” and what on earth is going to happen to us…
But the change of heart and mind in John’s gospel… this new consciousness… Is nothing less than receiving the heart and mind of Jesus.
Jesus self consciousness is centred on “the Father who sent me”. It is a dialogue between the Father and the Son, in which Jesus continually lifts up to the Father human nature and all that happens, and receives from the Father His mercy and His truth for humankind… We call this prayer.
This metanoia, this repentance, is the incarnation of the heart and mind of Jesus in our flesh… Jesus alive and living in you.
Receive the gift of repentance… receive the heart and mind of Jesus Christ today…