Gospel Reflections

6th Sunday of Easter

John 14:23-26

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Gerry Bolzan

Published: May 01, 2016


“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.”

A farewell gift – how important such a gift becomes, especially when the farewell is final. The value of the gift is more about the relationship than the object itself. Some years ago, when my mother had suffered a severe stroke, there was a rosary that was found in her hands after she was taken to the hospital. It was a very plain rosary that glows in the dark, but it has become very precious to me as a farewell remembrance. How much more meaning should we attach to the gift which Jesus designated as his farewell gift: the gift of the Holy Spirit and the gift of peace.

Our world today is in great need of peace with fears of genocide, terrorism, war, nuclear proliferation, etc. This type of peace seems to recede further and further away…yet, precious as such peace would be, there is a still deeper peace that Jesus offers through the action of the Holy Spirit – a deep inner conversion of mind and heart. We see it acting in the Council of Jerusalem…enabling the disciples, as challenged by Paul and Barnabas, to hone in on the essentials of Christian practice.

  • How do I rely on this discerning gift of the Holy Spirit?
  • Do I allow myself to experience the gift of peace which Jesus promised?
  • What must I do to open myself to this gift of peace?
  • Could such openness on the part of the Christian faithful bring a new breath of peace to our shattered world . . . one person at a time?

Let us be open as we respond to Jesus’ words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

 

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