Faith Daily | 11 May 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - EASTER SIX APBA p514
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.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 16: 5-11
5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Rev'd Jan
Verse 4 that we read yesterday gives context to these next words of Jesus - “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.” We are still engaging with the “Farewell Discourses” of Jesus, on the night before he died. He is encouraging the disciples in their sorrow – yet also inspiring them in their future work with his promise to be with them always, albeit in a different way.
I remember a few years ago with daughter Elizabeth in the car, in her mid-20s, driving past a kindergarten and she looked out and said very wistfully…” I wish I was back there”. She had left home, and found rather daunting all these “adult decisions” she had to make. For a moment, she pined for the days of complete dependency on parents, on others making those decisions for her.
Jesus knew that those days lay ahead for the disciples – the unsure days, the wish that he was still with them completing guiding them, teaching them. My main driver as a parent is to be accessible always to my children – and Jesus is assuring the disciples of his complete accessibility. And in the same way that as parents we have to let our children ‘go’, so too Jesus is saying that the growth of his movement, his church, has to be through them, in their letting go of one way of dependency. That is, he has to physically not be there, and there is great witness and truth to his resurrection in the coming of the Holy Spirit of God.
FINAL PRAYER: from Rev'd Jan
I pray for full maturity in you, Jesus the Christ.
So that I realise you are not only showing
me the way – you are the way.
So that I recognise that you are not only showing
me the truth – you are the truth.
So that I understand to live my life with you –
has to be in you.
Above all, I pray that I deeply and truly know –
there is no other way.
And that I can come to a place where
I don’t want to live any moment – any other way.
This I pray. Amen