Sunday, May 22, 2016

Reflection: John 16:12-15

The Most Holy Trinity, Solemnity - John 16:12-15 

This Gospel begins with Jesus telling his disciples that there is much more for him to tell them. Jesus realizes that they are striving to absorb and understand what he has been saying. He also understands that at this point they do not have the capacity to absorb anything more.
Jesus reminds them that when the Spirit comes, the Spirit will guide them to all the truth. He tells them that the Spirit will speak to them about the things that will come in the future. Then Jesus not only foretells his departure, but also says that in the future he will return but in a new and different way.
Just as Jesus reassured his disciples, Jesus also reassures us. Today he also is telling us, that he not only will come to us but he already is among us. Jesus comes to us in the breaking of the bread and when we, his followers, are gathered together, Jesus is with us and among us.
Do we recognize Jesus with us? Do we experience his presence, his love, his grace? Today may our minds and hearts be awake and alert to his coming! We don’t want to miss him.  What a loss that would be!

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