We are not alone in our mission to the world

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019   SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

1)Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 2)Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 3)John 14:23-29

Gospel JN 14:23-29

Jesus said to his disciples:  “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.”

 

1)    What do you get when you keep Jesus’ words? Bạn được gì khi giữ lời Chúa Giesu?

2)    Who is teaching us every truth now? Ai đang dạy chúng ta mọi chân lý hiện nay?

3)    How do you have the truly Peace in the world? Làm sao bạn có bình an đích thực trong thế giới này? 

 

FOCUS:   Do not let your hearts be troubled. We are not alone in our mission to the world.

How many of us have ever wished, in moments of indecision, that God would send us a clear sign about what we are called to do at that moment – perhaps an angel to tell us exactly what God wants? At times like these, when we’re surrounded by turmoil and violence, it can be easy to feel that God has left us alone to fend for ourselves – that we’re left on our own with no clear direction.

But the readings today, as we come ever nearer to the great Feast of Pentecost, are reassuring. We are not alone, but have God, the Church, and the people around us to give us guidance and support when we need it – as long as we’re open to the different ways the Holy Spirit operates in our daily lives.

In the first reading, we see the Church, our brothers and sisters in the faith, as a support system to help us understand what is required of us. The earliest Gentile disciples in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia were misled into believing they had to follow the ancient Mosaic law if they were to be saved – if they were to be Christians. But the Apostles, guided by the Holy Spirit in their discussions, realized that Gentile believers were not called to the same strict code of law that the Jewish people had been, and they sent emissaries to encourage the Gentiles, to lighten their load. Sometimes, in this case, the Holy Spirit speaks to us through the word of those around us, the faithful people who listen to the voice of the Spirit and help us to understand.

Jesus assures us in the Gospel that the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, will be with us if we stay close to God, if we listen to God’s word and allow God to make his dwelling in us. Even though Jesus is not physically with us any more (in his human form), his Spirit is with us to guide us to the truth – to remind us of the words that Jesus spoke to the Apostles and continues to speak to us through Scripture. The Holy Spirit who dwells in us speaks to us in our heart, during our prayer and when we are open to receiving his message.

How do we know that the Holy Spirit is speaking to us? One way is to stay close to God through daily prayer, Scripture reading and the sacraments. One special type of prayer is the nightlyExamen, in which we review the day past and see how God has been working in that day – where we received special blessings, where we were effective in our discipleship and where we might have failed. Through the daily practice of examining our lives, we can more easily see how God has spoken to us that day – through prayer, for example, or through the words or action of a family member or colleague.

As we prepare to celebrate Pentecost, let us always remember that the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, longs to speak God’s word to us and guide us – if we’re open. * *