Christ is risen! Alleluia!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
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whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life:
grant that we may walk in his way,
rejoice in his truth,
and share his risen life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 16: 12-15
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
REFLECTION on the Gospel: contributed by Angela Back
Our reflections lately have been focussed on the joy of connection, relationship and life brought to us by the Go-Between God, the Holy Spirit. Jesus had told the disciples about the vine. Now, events are speeding up and he speaks of the coming of the Spirit of Truth. Jesus was standing at the brink of cataclysmic events. A new world was about to be born. Yet His thoughts were for his disciples. How would they cope? How much could they comprehend? They needed the experiential dimension.
He told them, ‘A Helper is coming. The connection between us will remain, in a deeper way.’ The horizon was opening up.
We see then how over the centuries the Helper has reminded of what Jesus had already said, ‘guiding, nudging minds and imaginations into ways of knowing and things to know’, things Jesus couldn’t say at the time. Living in our secular world, we grasp, but sometimes hold lightly the reality behind His words… We too are often groping to understand.
Who would have guessed the solution prepared for them, for us? A solution that requires our stillness, in order to listen, to really hear.
and let silence cradle you.
Listen for the Voice that’s speaking through
all the chaos of the talking
and the babel that divides.
Cedd, translator at the Synod of Whitby, died of the plague, 664.
Final Prayer Neil Thew “Bread of Tomorrow”
Come Holy Spirit, enter our silences.
Come Holy Spirit, into the depths of our longing.
Come Holy Spirit, our friend and our lover.
Come Holy Spirit, unmask our pretending.
Come Holy Spirit, expose our lives.
Come Holy Spirit, sustain our weakness.
Come Holy Spirit, redeem our creation.
Enter our trusting,
enter our fearing,
enter our letting go,
enter our holding back.
Flood our barren spaces,
make fertile our deserts within.
Break us and heal us,
liberator of our desires.
Come Holy Spirit, embrace us and free us. Amen
Daily Bible Bite (answer tomorrow): In which book in the Old Testament, do you find the story of David and Goliath?
From yesterday: In the book of Judith in the Apocrycha, Judith cuts off the head of Holofernes, a scene subsequently depicted by a female artist in the early 17th century.
What army did Holofernes belong to?
Answer: Assyrian army.