In the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Jesus explains to his disciples the role of the Holy Spirit. “Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you” (John 16: 15). Jesus will send the Holy Spirit to help them understand him as the fulfillment of everything promised in Scripture. The Spirit will take what the Father has given Jesus and declare it to his disciples. The Holy Spirit living in each of us by virtue of our Baptism continues to help us follow Jesus. Recently, I had an insight about following Jesus inspired by the Holy Spirit. My wife says I have a gift for talking with people. Through her the Holy Spirit is confirming this and all the other gifts bestowed on me by that same Spirit. In this and other ways, the Spirit commissions me to use my gifts and talents in love of others. How have you experienced the Holy Spirit through the words or actions of a loved one or friend?
In the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, the disciples were filled with joy at Jesus’ departure. “Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God” (Luke 24: 50-53). At the departure of Jesus, the disciples experience the joy proclaimed by the angel at the birth of Jesus. The promise at the beginning of the life of Jesus is fulfilled at the end. The life of Christ does indeed bring great joy. Confident in God’s loving care for them they are ready for any future trials or tribulations. The love of Christ I experience through Word, Sacrament, family, and friends gives me confidence God is with me in times of blessing and times of struggle. How can God help you live your life with joy?
In the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus prepares his disciples for when he will no longer be with them. “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” (John 14: 28-29). Jesus tells his disciples that after he is gone, he and the Father will send the Holy Spirit. Jesus will remain with them in the Spirit. How much Jesus loves his disciples! He is reassuring them of his love and care always. Jesus reassures us too. I want my sons to know this enduring love of Jesus. They are grown and out of the house. I trust God takes good care of them. I pray my love for them in Christ helps them with whatever life brings. Do you believe in God’s loving care for you? For others?