This weekend and next, Our Lord, Jesus, offers us words of encouragement in living with the promise of the Holy Spirit, whose coming we will celebrate in two weeks on Pentecost.
As we know, the world gives a sense of peace which is temporary and conditional. Jesus offers a peace which results from the permanent relationship He offers us through His Gift of the Spirit. We do have worries and fears which are appropriate for us in our human fragility. We are comforted by knowing there are others who remained close to the Lord over the centuries with their fears and yet in faith. The “world” needs certainty and demands the security of knowing. Human relationships of love go leaping into the future together. This leaping is how we fulfill His request that we love Him by keeping His Word. His Word is not a command or law, but an invitation to be aware and accepting of His love for us during His life, death, and resurrection, and now in His sending of the Holy Spirit.
God loves us in Christ, but this love does not protect us from experiencing worries and fears. That love does not protect us from bumping our noses, stubbing our toes, breaking of hearts, nor losing our way. His love does not protect us from our being human, but encourages us to remain close to the Lord in the Spirit, until we get to the end of the line and arrive at our eternal home.
On a final note this week, allow me to express my appreciation for the nearly 3 years Natalie Pronio has served as our youth ministry coordinator. Natalie has accepted a position in another parish, and we send our prayers with her as she begins her ministry there.