We ended yesterday’s reading thinking about the Holy Spirit, and we pick right back up with the Spirit today. The Gospel lesson for this week falls within the larger context of Jesus’ teaching about the Holy Spirit, which begins in John 14:16. The Holy Spirit’s presence offers the ultimate proof that God delights in us. Jesus calls forth the revelation of truth, and the Spirit guides us into the truth.
Robert Boyd Munger’s booklet My Heart, Christ’s Home describes this process. Comparing our heart to a many-roomed house, we might see Jesus enter and move about room-by-room, renovating our lives—including the closet at the top of the stairs where we have locked away our secrets. This total life transformation, according to Munger’s Jesus, is because “I value your fellowship.”* Munger has Jesus articulate what we’ve been learning all week: God delights in us.
Jesus describes the unfolding process of how we will come to know God’s love for us: The Spirit will proclaim to us what Jesus has said and done. The Spirit “takes” whatever part of Jesus’ words and deeds we need to know and declares it to us. We are never overwhelmed with everything at once; the Spirit moves us step-by-step into the experience of amazing grace.
*Robert Boyd Munger, My Heart, Christ’s Home (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1986), 28.
Meditation: What particular aspects of God’s grace have you been given by the Spirit at just the time you needed them?
In our society we often privilege intellect and expertise. However, in Proverbs we read that God values wisdom. Wisdom has been present since the beginning, and some early theologians understand this Wisdom to be none other than the Son of God. Part of wisdom is understanding our place in the universe. The psalmist marvels at the vast display of God’s power in the heavens yet also recognizes that humans are a manifestation of God’s glory. The New Testament readings invoke the Trinity as we approach Trinity Sunday. Paul says that we have peace with God through Christ, and we are given the Holy Spirit. In John, Jesus Christ has received everything from the Father, and the Spirit will guide his followers into all truth.
Read Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31. When have you heard God calling out to you?
Read Psalm 8. The author reminds us that our shortcomings are not because we are only human, but because we fall short of our humanity. How do you strive to be more human—a little lower than God?
Read Romans 5:1-5. How do you allow God’s peace to calm you when you feel your life swirling around you?
Read John 16:12-15. To which person of the Trinity do you feel “closest”? How can you develop your relationship with the other two persons?
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