Reflection on John 15:26-16:4a ~
As a teenager, I came close to stumbling into spiritual gluttony, nearly reducing Spirit, Christ, and Father to the point of separation, but fortunately realized this was a disruption towards an integrated life. I now wear a Trinity Cross as a reminder that I must testify to impossibilities that only faith can explain. The side effect of witnessing is that the “other side” constantly attempts to destroy the moment of surrender and immersion into Trinity’s unconditional love that we freely share.
The Exhortation to the Apostles, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 15 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27 You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. 3 And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. 4 But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 15:26—16:4a.