Sixth Sunday of Easter - Year C - 26th May 2019
Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Apoc 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29
Haere mai e te whanau, Tena koutou katoa, a kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Welcome, family, greetings to you all. May the Lord be with you.
Let all the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you.
“The actions of the apostles in the season of Easter has recounted times of struggle for the early Church and its members. John, however, offers us wisdom from Jesus before His passion. What a gift! That the Spirit will be with us, when Jesus is not! The gift is peace.
The conflict between Jews and Gentles over circumcision has Peter and Paul led by the Spirit to a resolution for the whole Church. Current conflicts for us might include kneeling or standing during the Eucharist, fewer active priests so greater use of non-ordained in the Liturgy, plus everything about clericalism, are not outside of this promise Jesus has made. The Spirit is with us right in the middle of such situations.
We need not let our hearts be troubled or afraid. Peace is possible now and throughout time, as the Spirit leads us through the concerns of our day.”
Fr. Julian Wagg