Monday, Easter week 6
Today’s gospel reading is one of the first of this Easter season that gives hint that the season is beginning to end. This reading, with mention of the Holy Spirit, offers a little preparation for the feast of Pentecost that lies just ahead. Since the feast of the Ascension is Thursday, the reading is a prelude to that feast also.
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
The thing that I must remember is that those readings from the Acts of the Apostles which are the focus of the Easter season largely occurred during the period following the Ascension and Pentecost. I wonder though if I am correct in trying to separate these events into their own isolated segments. Does that Paraclete that descends onto the disciples on Pentecost, wait until after the Ascension to appear? Might that Holy Spirit begun working throughout the Easter, but simply become more pronounced as the disciples journeyed away from a bodily Christ towards His mystical body? Why does this concern me? I think it is because partitioning the events perhaps places to much of an emphasis on Easter ending, and how does one finalize a resurrected Christ? The Easter Christ ascends to heaven, and that Holy Spirit Jesus promises comes down to us so that we might continue our journey with that same Easter Christ. It’s a small point,and probably not even worth mentioning, but I thought I would bring it up anyway.