Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 9, 2010
John 14: 23 – 29
During these remaining weeks of Easter, the Gospel Readings at Mass indicate to us that Christianity is preparing His Apostles for two very significant events which are related, one to the other: Ascension Day and Pentecost.
For the past three years, Jesus has instructed His Chosen Ones in those truths which He will ask His Apostles to preach to others. Everything He said and did was in direct consequence of carrying out the Will of His Father.
Christianity is now preparing to return to His Father but before He does so, Jesus reassures His “Aristoi” that they will not be left alone; they will not be abandoned. Jesus is to send the Holy Spirit who will grant to everyone in the Church the gift of Wisdom and the gifts of Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord.
These gifts will enable us to remain faithful to Christianity and, in a very personal and direct way, continue Jesus’ Mission of preaching the Gospel to our contemporaries through our lives of daily witness.
We ask the intercession of Our Lady, who was present at the First Pentecost, so that our good example will help the Church to overcome all of the obstacles she faces in these present times.