The Pastor's Desk
Sixth Sunday of Easter -Our gospel today continues from the Gospel of St. John, the Last Supper Narrative. Looking back - 20/20 hindsight - so much of what Jesus said makes sense to us now. At the time it wasn't so easy. It only became apparent to them after the bestowal of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was the life-force of the early Christian community empowering them to proclaim the Good News far and wide. Today's gospel refers to the Spirit as an "Advocate", one who will be with them and guide them in understanding and living the mysteries of our faith. In particular, it refers to the connection between "loving one another" and "keeping his word". We know that this is a life-long struggle for most of us. That is why the Lord left us the Sacrament of Reconciliation to give us a way to reconnect our words and actions when we go off track.Happy Easter Season!
Peace and all good things!Fr. John