Sunday, May 22, 2011
A Final Lesson~The Trinity
The setting for today's Gospel (John 14:1~12) is the Upper Room just after the Last Supper. Jesus takes these final moments before leaving for the Garden of Gethsemane where His Passion will begin, to teach one final lesson to His Apostles~the lesson of the Trinity.
Throughout this passage that we are given today, and even more so as you continue to read John 14, Jesus repeats several times that the Father is in Him and He is in the Father. The Apostles have difficulty seeing or at least understanding this at the moment. Jesus introduces the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete as the chapter approaches its end. Jesus was giving this discourse and teaching His Apostles about the Trinity.
The Apostles would need the Holy Spirit to truly "get" what Jesus was trying to say to them that night in the Upper Room. And get it they would come Pentecost.
I sometimes think of the Holy Spirit as the workhorse of the Trinity. He is the one who needs to work in us and move in us so that we can have our being in Christ and see the Father revealed in Him.
Thomas' and Philip's questions may be our own at times. We might find ourselves asking Jesus, especially in times of confusion or trouble, to show us the way. Our heavenly Father awaits us at home. Jesus tells us that He Himself is the Truthful Way to Life in and with the Father.
During those days when I was just finding my way back to my faith, a friend asked me: "If you were to sum up the whole of your faith in one sentence what would it be?" My response to him was Jesus' answer to Thomas~ I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I know that if I stay close to Jesus and follow Him He will lead me home to the place He has prepared for me.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.