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16.05.2022 — Spirit of Fulfillment

Posted under Reflections on May 15th, 2022 by

5th week in Easter Time, Monday – 16th May 2022 — Gospel: Jn 14,21-26

Spirit of Fulfillment

By observing the commandments of Jesus, we enter into the Trinitarian relationship. The Spirit is first of all a gift from God, but a gift that must be accepted through one’s loving, active response to God’s word. Since the Spirit of truth is the ongoing presence and revelation of God, it primarily does two things: to teach all things and to remind all that Jesus said. Though Jesus taught his followers many things throughout his public ministry, they were unable to understand the heart of his teaching. Therefore, the assistance of the Spirit is needed not only to understand Jesus’ teachings but to deepen its mystery as well. In reminding Jesus’ sayings, the Spirit also brings to remembrance what the believers have forgotten. Therefore, the Spirit does not make revelations of new notions, but brings to fulfillment what has already been revealed and taught by Jesus.

15.05.2022 — Model to Respond

Posted under Reflections on May 14th, 2022 by

5th Sunday of Easter – 15th May 2022 — Gospel: Jn 13,31-33a.34-35

Model to Respond

John 13th Chapter describes the account of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, in which we find that Jesus knows about many things and we admire the way he responds to the knowledge that he has. It begins, Jesus knows that his “hour has come to depart from this world and go to his Father” (Jn 13,1a). How does he respond? “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (Jn 13,1b). Further, He responds with an action. He gets up from the table and takes on the role of a slave, washing his disciples’ dirty feet.

Today’s Gospel text is sandwiched between Jesus foretelling of Judas’s betrayal and Peter’s denial. Here, Jesus knows who is about to betray him (Jn 13,11) and he is very much troubled by this knowledge (Jn 13,21). How does he respond? He announces the imminent betrayal to his disciples, and then proceeds to feed the betrayer: “So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot” (Jn 13,26). Instead of attacking Judas and the consequence of his actions, Jesus focuses on his mission and speaks of he being glorified and of glorifying God (Jn 13,31-32). In the conversion with Peter, Jesus responds by predicting Peter’s denial of him (Jn 13,38). Jesus knows that Peter, one of his closest companions, will deny him. Yet his parting words to his disciples focus not on blame for their past and future failures. In this context, Jesus taught the disciples in action how they were to live: they were to love one another. Knowing that he would be betrayed and denied by those whom he loved, Jesus continued to speak about love as the defining characteristic of his followers. As St.Paul teaches in 1 Cor 13,7, “(Love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” In Jesus’ example, we see that love isn’t based on the other person’s behaviour but on our relationship with the Lord.

Jesus reveals equality of love for both of his disciples. Jesus washes and feeds Judas who will betray him, Peter who will deny him, and all the rest who will fail to stand by him in his hour of greatest distress. The love that Jesus demonstrates is certainly not based on the merit of the recipients, and Jesus commands his disciples to love others in the same way.

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