On this Sixth Sunday of Easter Jesus is preparing his disciples for the time when he will leave their side and ascend to his Father. Can you imagine how you might feel as one of Jesus’ closest friends? They had experienced so much together! I can imagine there would be a desire to have Jesus remain, after all, who will be their teacher, their friend, their confidant? Jesus prepares them and promises he will not leave them alone, he promises them the Holy Spirit. Our Church is about to be born. Today, we understand the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Blessed Trinity and we believe that the Holy Spirit, like Jesus, is God. Jesus speaks these words on behalf of his Father, for it is part of God’s plan that we not be left alone.
“I will not leave your orphans; I will come to you.”
We received this presence of Jesus and his Father at our baptism and we were blessed with a deeper understanding of the presence of the Holy Spirit when we received the sacrament of Confirmation. God is present to us in the Holy Spirit each and every day, for all time. Our Church teaches that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. If you take time to think about that, it may assist you in growing closer to God. Aware that the Holy Spirit is within us, we will be inclined to keep that most important of all commandment given to us by Jesus; Love God with all of your heart and soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. By this we are Christian – Christ-like. By this others will know of God’s love for them and the number of Christians in the world will continue to grow. In the process, we too, will grow in faith and hope and love. It is good for us to examine our lives in light of the weekly Gospel. Listen carefully to the Word, speak to God and ask what he desires for you to learn upon hearing his Word and then taking time to reflect, listen carefully and you will hear his voice, perhaps only with the ears of your heart. What a beautiful gift, if only we take the time! In God, we are not alone. He has promised he is with us until the end of time.
Have a wonderful week!
P.S. With joy, we as a faith community congratulate all of our teens upon their recent Confirmation. May you always know the presence of the Holy Spirit with and within you! And may you come to depend upon that Spirit to guide you in life. Blessings!
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC