In Sunday’s Gospel, John 16:12-15 Jesus tells us , Whatever the Father has is mine. The Spirit of truth will guide us.
Sunday is Most Holy Trinity. The Gospel reading, John 16:12-15, is part of Jesus’ farewell conversation to the disciples before he dies on the cross. He tells them that after he has gone, the Holy Spirit will guide them. The Holy Spirit will be their teacher and will speak to them just as Jesus did when he was alive and with them. The Holy Spirit will show the disciples what they must do and what they must say in Jesus’ name.
We believe that Jesus’ promise to the disciples is still true for all of us today and all people after us. The Holy Spirit can guide us to do what is right and to use our talents in the best way to help others.
Let us all do our best this week to listen to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and try to live as he asks us to.
The feast today is about the mystery of God and the mission of Jesus and the working of the Holy Spirit. We may not be at home in the world of mystery. It’s as if it’s to be understood. Can you understand love? Faith? So much is unspeakable. Mystery is more a hand to be held than a problem to be solved!
Take time today to enjoy love, creation, a cure of ill-health. The miracle of life is the gift of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Closing prayer: Hoving God, you are with us always. Send us your Spirit to teach and guide us to live in peace with each other every day. Amen.
Andrew Olive, Headteacher
Christian “Trinity” Explained in 3 Minutes (Father, Spirit, Son) Part 1
I wonder how many of us in a congregation would appreciate a sermon that began like this: ‘’There are things essential to our faith, but I can’t speak about them because you would not be able to understand. They are far too complicated and way over your head.’’
Of course, the reality is that there are many dimensions of our life in God that we don’t understand, and we may not understand until we are seated at the heavenly banquet. In this brief portion from Jesus’ farewell sermon we are not told what those many things are, only that Jesus will not tell us. But we are told that, in future, in the unfolding of time, we will be told them. And we are told how we will hear of them. It is the Spirit of Truth who will guide us, speak to us, and declare all to us all that we need to know. We are given a portrait of the three persons of the Trinity. Jesus speaks of himself, of the Spirit’s activities, and of the Father.
This short passage contains four important verses as it is perhaps the most important power in affirming the Trinity. The witness of Jesus is a true witness of the power and will, the glory in a word, of the Father. The witness of the Advocate that comes after Jesus will speak the same truth. The Holy Spirit is a reliable leader in the way of truth, precisely because the Spirit witnesses to Jesus who shares all things with the Father.
The future requires our discernment, our listening, watching for, and trusting that God will continue to reveal himself through the Spirit of Truth. We along with the eleven, can trust that the God Jesus has shown us is the God still at work for our illumination and strength to persist and that God accompanies us along the way. We may say with the eleven that we do not understand. But God’s sending of the Spirit of Truth is not dependant on our understanding. The Spirit will not be taken away from us in the times we are least able to understand or persevere. For Father, Son, and Spirit of Truth witness to one truth, all of which we cannot see, but all of which we dare to trust is God at work for us.
The questions for us to ponder on as it would have weighed on the minds of the eleven are:
How many of us make an effort to understand, follow and live up to the many things that Jesus has already shared with us directly, through the prophets or through the Bible which is the word of God?
How many of us are open, spiritually prepared and ready to accept the many more things that the Spirit of Truth is keen to share with us?
How many of us make an extra effort to seek that understanding when it eludes us or we find it overwhelming? God Bless!
Gospel: John 16:12-15
The Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come. He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.’
Think of the last time you witnessed an act of selfless love in your family. Parents and caregivers of all kinds are called upon to act selflessly every day. Family life calls us to share selfless love with one another.
God is the model for us of selfless love. There was no need for God to create our planet or the creatures that inhabit it; it was an act of selfless love. There was also no need for God to send his only Son to save us. That too was an act of selfless love.
As we draw closer to God and the mystery of the Trinity, we learn about God’s love. God has lavished us with love in the persons of the Son and the Spirit, who in turn nurture in us the desire to do the same. When we open ourselves to be filled with an awareness of the divine life within us, we participate in the endless spiral of love that leads to eternal life. Whenever we share selfless love in the family, we are sharing in the life of the Trinity.