Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 (R/. 4); Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23; John 14:23-29
To paraphrase Groucho Marx, “I don’t ever want to be in a club that would let someone like me be a member.” However, the opposite is usually the case. We do not want to belong to any club that would have anyone different from us as a member. The Church is one group meant to have the welcome mat out for everyone, if it is living out its calling. Of course, membership in the Church has its requirements. Baptism brings us into a community of faith given expression in its creed, ritual practices, and governance. Nevertheless, out knowledge of what is essential has developed over the centuries. Thank God for the Holy Spirit, who continues to guide us.
Today, we remember the direct connection between Jesus and the Spirit, “The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” The Holy Spirit continues to help us to “keep Jesus’ words” so that Jesus and the Father come to us and make their dwelling in us. The Holy Spirit is always at work to bring us into ever-deeper communion with the Trinity.
How have you experienced the Holy Spirit?