Reflection 26th May 2019

A Reflection for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Jn: 14: 23-29 (

The series of readings from the Apocalypse comes to an end today culminating in the vision of the new Jerusalem.

The imagery relies heavily on the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel who imagined the exiles returning from Babylonia to a restored Jerusalem and a re-built Temple. Its perfection radiates the glory of God.

John, however, is not interested in a restored temple or city; in his time both have been destroyed by the Romans. He wants his readers to imagine something much more radical; what it means to live in the presence of God. This is not about place, it’s about relationship.

Everything he has written in his weird and wonderful Book of Revelation is about relationship. He understands that in Jesus crucified and risen, a new way of being is God’s presence opened up for us. God is our light and our glory. This is a new life for us and we come to know it though the gift of the Spirit.

Let us continue to give thanks and long for Pentecost!

Seán Goan – Seán is Co-ordinator of Spiritan Mission Ireland.