Posted by: frburke23 | May 2, 2016

Thought for Monday, 6th Week of Easter

JOHN 15:26—16:4A
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.
 
“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”
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As we move forward in the Gospel of John, Jesus is trying to prepare the disciples for what was about to happen. He was going to send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the Spirit of truth. Jesus promised He would never leave them (or us) alone and the Holy Spirit would teach us, guide us, inspire us and enlighten us.
 
The disciples needed this encouragement and we need the same encouragement today. Jesus says, “I have told you this so that you may not fall away.” He knew that times were going to get tough for them. They would be expelled from the synagogues and many of them would be killed for preaching the name of Jesus. Those who killed Jesus’ disciples would think they are worshipping God and doing something good because the disciples were a threat to Judaism. Jesus says they will do all of this because of their ignorance of the Father and of Jesus.
 
Jesus prepared the disciples in many ways for the impending dangers. He took Peter, James and John up the mountain of the transfiguration to prepare them for the impending trouble. He is trying to do the same for us today through the Scriptures. He tells us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” He assures us, “I will be with you until the end of time.”
 
Being a follower of Jesus is not easy today either. If we share Jesus with others we risk losing friends, family and even our jobs at times. Our religious freedom is being challenged daily. Bishop Barron once told us, “If everyone speaks kindly of you, you are not preaching the Gospel.” Jesus’ message of love and mercy goes directly against what this world teaches.
 
What happens in my heart as I hear these words of assurance from Jesus?
Do I trust the Holy Spirit to be my Advocate, my teacher, my guide?
Am I willing to sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel?
 
Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke
 
Spanish translation:
 
JUAN 15:26—16:4A
Jesús dijo a sus discípulos:
“Cuando venga el Consolador, a quien yo os enviaré del Padre,
el Espíritu de la verdad que procede del Padre,
él dará testimonio de mí.
Y también vosotros daréis testimonio,
porque habéis estado conmigo desde el principio.
 
“Os he dicho esto para que no se aparten.
Os echarán de las sinagogas;
de hecho, viene la hora cuando todos los que te maten
se pensará que está rindiendo culto a Dios.
Harán esto porque no han conocido ni al Padre ni a mí.
Os he dicho esto, para que cuando les llegue la hora
Ustedes podrán recordar que les dije.”
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A medida que avanzamos en el Evangelio de Juan, Jesús está tratando de preparar a los discípulos para lo que estaba por suceder. Él iba a enviar al Espíritu Santo, el Consolador, el Espíritu de la verdad. Jesús prometió que nunca dejaría a ellos (o nosotros) solos y que el Espíritu Santo nos enseñará, nos guiará, nos inspirará y nos iluminará.
 
Los discípulos necesitan este estímulo y nosotros necesitamos el mismo estímulo hoy. Jesús dice: “Yo os he dicho esto para que no se aparten.” Sabía que los tiempos iban a ser duros para ellos. Ellos serían expulsados de las sinagogas y muchos de ellos serían asesinados por predicar el nombre de Jesús. Los que mataron a los discípulos de Jesús pensaran que están adorando a Dios y haciendo algo bueno porque los discípulos eran una amenaza para el judaísmo. Jesús dice que van a hacer todo esto a causa de su ignorancia del Padre y de Jesús.
 
Jesús preparó a sus discípulos en muchos formas de los peligros inminentes. Se llevó a Pedro, Santiago y Juan al monte de la transfiguración para prepararlos para el problema inminente. Él está tratando de hacer lo mismo para nosotros hoy a través de las Escrituras. Él nos dice: “No dejen que se turben sus corazones.” Él nos asegura: “Yo estaré con vosotros hasta el fin de los tiempos.”
 
Ser un seguidor de Jesús no es fácil hoy en día tampoco. Si compartimos a Jesús con los demás corremos el riesgo de perder amigos, familiares e incluso nuestros trabajos a veces. La libertad religiosa está siendo desafiada diariamente. El Obispo Barron nos dijo una vez: “Si todo el mundo habla amablemente de ti, usted no está predicando el Evangelio.” Mensaje de amor y misericordia de Jesús va directamente en contra de lo que enseña este mundo.
 
¿Qué pasa en mi corazón al escuchar estas palabras de seguridad de Jesús?
 
¿Confío yo que el Espíritu Santo sea mi abogado, mi maestro, mi guía?
 
¿Estoy dispuesto a sacrificar por el bien del Evangelio?
 
Tenga un día bendecido!
Fr. Burke

Responses

  1. Thanks, Fr. Burke! I try to keep in mind Jesus’ words in all my circumstances. Being the only Catholic in my family has brought some subtle separations but thankfully no outright rejection. So many non-Catholics do not have right information or understanding of our beautiful Church.
    And, as the world around us grows darker, many of our brothers and sisters are being martyred by people who believe they are honoring God by killing Christians. It is essential that we keep our Lord’s words in mind. He does not want our faith to fail, and He desires we pray for our enemies.


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