Today’s Gospel Reading: John 15:26 – 16:4 – SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER: Monday, 7 May 2018
The Lord describes the traumatic experiences ahead for the Christians. They would be “expelled from the synagogue”. This event would be devastating for the traditional Jewish Christians because the synagogue was their spiritual home. It was not such for the Christians of Antioch.
This was one reason why the celebration of the Eucharist became so vital and valuable. It became what the synagogue had been and a great deal more as well. The obligation to celebrate the Eucharist is not our way of doing a favor for God, it is for ourselves. We need a place to recharge, a place of faith, a place of Christian memory and of Christian hope. This is what our Eucharist is. It is the place, as the Lord indicates in today’s Gospel reading, where the Spirit bears witness, convinces us again and brings new life to our faith.
The Eucharistic celebration is our spiritual home, wherever we may travel.
Jakarta, 7 May 2018
A Christian Pilgrim