Gospel (John 16:12-15)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”
This week we celebrate Trinity Sunday. In the Holy Trinity we celebrate the great mystery that is the unity of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Given the timing, we might also think of it as Graduation Sunday.
Just as our 8th graders are preparing to graduate and enter different high schools, Jesus is preparing the disciples for the time when they will no longer spend their days with him and the time when they too will go their separate ways. He has taught them well and they are ready to receive their diplomas and fulfill their mission to preach the gospel of love and forgiveness. But just like anxious graduates, the disciples worried about the future. Jesus had loved them and taught them so many things. What will they do without Him, what will happen next?
Like the disciples, we all face times of transition. Some of us have moved or will move this year, some will start new schools or new jobs, others will have new responsibilities, and each of you will soon transition to a new grade and a new teacher. Like the disciples, we wonder what will happen next? When my two oldest boys were starting preschool, they were sometimes a little anxious about separating from me. On those anxious days, I would huddle them up and we’d put our hands together in the center of our circle. On the count of three we’d raise our hands and cheer, “Our love goes with us!” In the Holy Spirit, we are able to huddle with God the Father and God the Son. Encircled in love, our fears are calmed and our lives are empowered. God’s love goes with us and we are powered by that love. In every moment of our lives, the Spirit of God’s love and truth goes with us and will always show us the way to fulfill our mission to love and forgive one another.