Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 5, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

John 14:23-29

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus says something in today’s gospel which has become a central experience of the Church, that the Father would send a Helper, and this Helper would live in the community doing two things. The first of them was that the Holy Spirit would teach us new things, and the second of them was that the Holy Spirit would teach us these new things in the light of what Jesus had told us. And just so has it come to pass. The Holy Spirit abides now in the community of believers leading us to respond to Jesus’ message in ever new ways as we read the world and react as believers to the world. Let us be filled with confidence that though it seems to us sometimes that the Church is buffeted about on strange winds, the Creator, Redeemer, and Santifier of the world has not abandoned us but moves in the gentle breeze to continually renew and revive us.

Spiritual reading: We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. (The Talmud)


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