I say again, Rejoice!
â€œ[The Spirit] will glorify me, because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is Mine; for this reason I told you that He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you.”
I am so thankful you have chosen to worship with us this Sunday as we reflect on the mystery of God.
This is one of those fun days in the life of the Church where the congregation sits back and watches the pastor as he tries to explain the unexplainable, as he invents poor analogies and repeats fanciful stories thinking they might cover his inability to really get at the core of Who God is. It is like watching a slapstick comedy, people tripping over shoelaces and tumbling about in an effort to get from one side of the stage to the other.
Besides the tumbling about, we must wonder why so many try. All of you, the members of Christâ€™s body, the Church, dwellers in the Kingdom, are not even looking for an explanation. You keep it simple. We adore one God in three Persons. You own this mystery. You view this mystery practically â€“ not in its academic analysis, but in what it really is. Iâ€™ll talk about that in a moment.
First, I want us to imagine that moment we get to heaven. Weâ€™ll be standing there at the gates. We might come to the gates with an agenda â€“ what is God like, whereâ€™s mom and dad, my best friend, those I love? Oh yes, that one thing I could never figure outâ€¦ Then God will reveal Himself to us in all His majesty, His presence, as He is, and we will finally get it. Our questions and wondering will be gone. It will be so simple that a child could figure it out. It will be so beautiful we will feel its overwhelming power.
So, what is God really, what is this great but quite simple mystery? God is the totality of mutually communal love. God created us in the world to share in that communion of love.
This means that we, created in the image of God, are made to fulfill communal love in relationship one to another and to God and all His creation.
St. John captures Jesus’ intimate communion with His Father and how we would be brought into that communion, how we would share in that same relationship, through the Holy Spirit. â€œ[The Spirit] will glorify me, because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. Since Jesus dwells in the totality of mutually communal love â€“ the Spirt Who Himself dwells there takes from that and gives it to us.
That is why the Holy Spirit dwells with us, to constantly call us into the joy of mutually communal love with God and each other â€“ just what it means to dwell in the kingdom.
So let us not reflect so much on mystery but rather rejoice and rejoice again living filled, fulfilled, and sharing in the love of God. It is that simple.