Posted by: livingscripture | May 29, 2017

Seventh Monday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 29, 2017

SEVENTH MONDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY

 I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”  His disciples said, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.  Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.”  Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?  Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered  to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.   I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world. (John 16 : 29-33)

How shall I live this Word?

Today’s Gospel shows us just how much the Apostles needed the Holy Spirit to understand the words of Jesus.  They are ready to tell Jesus that they have understood everything!  When Jesus opens His heart to them, revealing something of the mystery of His life with the Father and of His mission in the world, they respond with a bit of presumption that now He speaks to them clearly and there is no need of questions; they believe He has come from God.

Jesus responds and immediately their excessive certainty crumbles.  He foretells their dispersion, their desertion.  He shows them the superficiality of those who think that faith is the result of formulas learned abstractedly and superficially.

Jesus is a good and patient Teacher and continues to deepen the discourse to help them grow in awareness and in love.  He does not leave them a prey to their presumptuous pride of having arrived  at the entire truth.  Instead, he helps them face their weakness and fragility for shortly they will all desert Him in the face of the painful events of His Passion.

What happened to the Apostles, also happens to each of us today.  We too at times, become aware that certain things in our life must change, become better, but then we do not have the courage to do what it takes.

As we prepare for Pentecost that is coming quickly, let us prepare to receive the Holy Spirit anew, the Spirit of Jesus to help us be aware of just how superficial our faith may still be.

 The Voice of the Sequence of Pentecost

 Come, O Holy Spirit, come! From Your bright and blissful Home, Rays of healing light impart. You
Cleanse our souls from sinful stain, Lave our dryness with Your rain, Heal our wounds and mend our way.   Bend the stubborn heart and will, Melt the frozen, warm the chill, Guide the steps that go astray.   On the faithful who in You, Trust with childlike piety, Deign Your sevenfold gift to send.
Give them virtue’s rich increase, Saving grace to die in peace, Give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia.

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