May 5, Sixth Sunday of Easter
O God, let all the nations praise you! — Psalm 67:4
Mass Readings: Acts 15:1-2,22-29/Revelation 21:10-14,22-23/John 14:23-29
“Presence is a delicious word,” writes Assemblies of God theologian Gordon Fee. He adds, “Nothing else can take the place of presence, not gifts, not telephone calls, not pictures, not mementos, nothing. Ask the person who has lost a lifelong mate what they miss the most; the answer is invariably ‘presence.’”
In John’s vision, described in today’s second reading, the temple — that icon of Jewish faith, the place where God’s presence was manifested among His people — is no more, for God’s people will enjoy the real presence of God himself. In the meantime, today’s Gospel affirms that those who truly love Jesus are promised that precious gift of God’s presence: “we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” Jesus is truly present in His Word, in the Eucharist, and in the temple of human hearts.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I delight in Your real presence in my life today.
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