Sunday Gospel Reflection
May 26th – John 14:23-29
A peace the world cannot give is my gift to you
Take a moment & reflect
– with Monsignor Robert Draper
In the Acts of the Apostles Luke recounts several incidents, like today, when the early church gradually stepped away from its Jewish roots. Luke tends to make the development seem orderly and calm – after all Luke is always insistent that all this is the work of the Holy Spirit guiding the church. Nonetheless what happened was very radical in practice. It is also interesting for us to note what things the apostles and elders in Jerusalem regarded as essential – probably not a list we would draw up today! It is always worth pointing out to those who are uncomfortable with change and innovation that it has always been thus – the church living in the world is constantly adapting its practice so as to be able to engage with the people and culture of the time; while at the same time holding firm to “the word” that Jesus has given. That is why in today’s gospel Jesus tells the apostles that the Father will send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, to teach them everything and “remind you of all I have said to you.” The Holy Spirit that the elders and apostles in Jerusalem invoke in making their decision is the same Spirit that Jesus has promised will remain with the church, and is operative today in the lives of believers.
- Have you witnessed change and/or innovation in your church?
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