Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.
June 16, 2019
Timing is everything
In daily encounters, we are often faced with verbal “judgment calls”: what to say, how much to share, when to say it. We know the person on other side of the conversation may not be prepared to hear us, and saying the wrong thing at the wrong time can shatter a relationship, ruin an opportunity. To the best of our ability we choose the place and time to speak our minds and hope for the best.
Today’s gospel says that before He ascended, Jesus took a good look at the hearts of His followers and knew that though there was more to say, the timing wasn’t right. With perfect wisdom He knew that sharing too much too soon would be unbearable. Instead He sent the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth as each disciple grew able to understand it. We are blessed with the Spirit’s guidance, daily teaching us as we become ready. May today’s gospel remind us to be thankful for the Lord’s perfect timing, as he teaches us, each according to our need and ability.
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The One Who Shows the Way
If you read many denomination’s teachings these days, you might begin to wonder if there are still absolute truths that survive all our cultural relativism and changing values. It seems everyone just believes as they choose and justifies it through their own explanations. What has happened to the Church? Don’t we answer to God and His Truth in the Bible anymore? In John 16:12-15, we are told that when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide us into all truth. Never before have we so desperately needed a guide to the truth about God, about Christ, about prayer, about relationships, and about how to achieve peace. We must depend more and more on our Counselor, our Paraclete, the One who walks beside us and teaches us the truths of our Lord: the Holy Spirit.