Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Psalm 57:8-10, 12
“What were you saying as you walked along?”
Taking the scene as it is, at the end of Chapter 14, Jesus and the Eleven start to walk down to the Kidron Valley with the destination being the Garden at Gethsemane. Like a movie scene, He walks and tells the disciples what is on his mind and heart. There’s so much to say! Some of the things that we take for granted, they didn’t understand – whether His words or actions – over their time together. One can understand why He wants to get the message through one last time.
He wants them to know that they are connected to Him and because of their faithfulness and friendship, they have the Father’s blessing and will be guided by the Holy Spirit.
They are to remember that even meeting Him wasn’t their choice, but His. They were chosen and they are to remember that, no matter what happens. (We know.)
Thirdly, they have been told everything. The message is entrusted to them to make their own and to share. Their witness will not only help people come to believe in Him and walk in God’s ways according to the New Covenant, but also be confident in the guidance of the Holy Spirit in times to come.
Each of us is invited on this walk with Jesus. He calls us friend. He reveals His words and work to us. He entrusts us to make the world a better place, one person at a time. For this we are grateful.
Father Michael Greene, C.P.