SUNDAY’S GOSPEL –John 15:26-27; 16:12-15.

[Jesus said:]  “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf.  You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.  He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.  All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

 

POINTERS FOR PRAYER

  1. Jesus recognised that his disciples were not capable of taking in everything at once. Wisdom about life comes slowly and sometimes painfully. Hearing the ‘right’ answer at the ‘wrong’ time does not help us. We need to be ready and open to receiving the truth if it is to have any impact. Perhaps you can recall some occasions when it was the ‘right’ time for you to learn the truth about life. Remember your experiences of growing in understanding and truth.
  2. Perhaps the Spirit guided you through the words of someone close to you, or through the words and actions of people you read about or saw on TV. Understanding may have come to you when you were praying or reflecting on your life. Remember and give thanks for the people who have helped you to greater wisdom in life.
  3. Jesus said the Spirit would ‘glorify’ him by reminding the disciples of Jesus’ own teaching. To whom do you give glory by taking their wisdom and incorporating it in your life? Are there people who give you glory by using your wise advice in their lives?
  4. Wisdom is handed on from person to person, and from generation to generation, within families, within communities, etc. Are there any particular gems of wisdom that you cherish from what has been handed on to you? What wisdom would you like most of all to pass on to those close to you?

 

The question being asked by John in order to help his community to understand the working of the Spirit in their lives and the life of the community.  “How will Jesus be with us now?” In the “negotiation” of this transition, the New Testament writers acknowledge the discontinuity (Jesus is risen, no longer available in the same way) and at the same time they seek to discern the continuity, within the new. In the new situation of mission and church, the Lord is with his followers but in a totally different, deeper and richer way. In John’s Gospel, the Farewell Discourse in chapters 14-17 deals with this search for the Lord’s being “with us”, but not as he was before.

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