Monday, May 2, 2016
Reflection: John 15:26-16:4a
Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time – John 15:26-16:4a
This Gospel begins with Jesus telling his disciples that that he will send an Advocate to them from his Father. This Advocate will be the Spirit of Truth and will testify to Jesus. In turn, the disciples will go forth and testify about Jesus to others and to the world.
I wonder what the disciples thought when Jesus told them that they would be changing the world by their testimony? Did they think this would be grand and glorious? Did they wonder if they would become famous? Jesus quickly dispelled any illusions of greatness or glory warned them that they would be persecuted for their testimony, expelled from the synagogues, and even might be put to death! Can you imagine how the disciples reacted to Jesus’ words? Did they feel frightened or empowered? Was their commitment and love for Jesus so deep and strong that they were determined to follow him even if they might be persecuted or possibly be put to death?
How committed are we to Jesus? Most likely we will not be hung on a cross; however, if we choose to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we also may have to deal with criticism, judgment, or perhaps even persecution of one sort or another. Sad to say, our world today is not much different from the world Jesus lived in. Just listen to the morning or evening news. In many cities, there are reports of crimes, shootings, and other problems. We rarely hear good news.
If we want to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we must strive to be attentive to the good news in our lives and in our world. Perhaps we can create some good news by brightening someone’s day. Who knows? If we strive to bring good news to our home, town, world, perhaps this practice will go viral and become contagious.