I almost too late, beloved reader, I realized this coming Sunday is one of the special Sundays during the liturgical year. Fortunately for my own peace of mind I was able to catch this oversight and re-title these postings. Trinity Sunday is the Sunday during the lectionary year that the triune aspect of the Divine is noted. Not surprising the gospel passage focuses on Christ who is one aspect of the Divine.
The passage refers to a time near the Pentecost event where Jesus is preparing his disciples for what will come.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12-15)
We may not think of “Ordinary Time” as one of preparation, but it is. Yes, there will be events and days of remembrance and celebration. I will bring our attention to those days. But mostly there will be days that pass; these days though prepare us for the challenges that lay ahead. We may think that we should and will be prepared for pitch battles, and the disciplines had many of those days. But they also had days were life went on as usual. It was not that the world around them had changed; rather they had changed and saw the world differently.
Pentecost, for all its tongues of fire and speaking in tongues, was an internal change. The disciples lived as such that those internal changes had external consequences. Can as much be said about us? Selah, beloved reader, as you journey into the rest of the year.