Jesus gives his apostles final instructions at the last supper. He reminds them that they may ask the Father anything. Because of his intimate connection with God, we are brought into a similar intimacy as adopted children. Now we have access to the Father as he does. They probably didn’t understand what he meant. The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon them. But in truth, it has taken us many generations to fully grasp his meaning. We are members of his Body, a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession. But it is God’s Spirit who gives us the ability to call on God as Father. We are unable to do that on our own.
But when we recognize this tremendous gift, we are able like Paul and Apollos to go forth with energy and enthusiasm to proclaim Good News with words and with our lives. Apollos is introduced in today’s first reading. Although he was a gifted speaker who was an expert in the scriptures (the Hebrew Scriptures, that is), he was willing to listen and learn from Priscilla and Aquila about Jesus that he was not familiar. His willingness to learn and explore his faith is for us a wonderful example to follow. We too have much more to learn and explore. There is never a time when we have learned all there is to learn. Jesus reminds us that the Holy Spirit is sent to lead us into all truth. And we will not be able to contain all truth until we enter into life eternal, when we then receive the capacity to know God’s mind in full. Until then, we welcome the opportunity to learn and explore. But the ultimate objective beyond having a wonderful intimate connection with God ourselves is to lead others to God that they too might share in that intimacy. This is what it means to proclaim Good News. We speak about what God has and continues to accomplish in our lives, so that others might reflect on their own lives and recognize God who is present and active, who calls them also to intimacy with him.
This mass was offered for the repose of +Donna Joswick.
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