First reading: Proverbs 8:22-31
Psalm response: Psalm 8:4-9
Second reading: Romans 5:1-5
Gospel: John 16:12-15
Today’s readings are heartening, reassuring. In Proverbs we’re told Wisdom has been around even before creation and Wisdom takes delight in us humans. Our psalm response expresses our incredulity at God’s generous and trusting positioning of humans in the scheme of creation. And in Romans we are “wowed” once again when we hear “…affliction produces endurance, and endurance proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Have we not been gifted, blessed?!! The indwelling of the triune God is not to be underestimated. Jesus shares in the Gospel, “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot hear it now.” He shares with us, “But when [s]he comes, the Spirit of truth, [s]he will guide you to all truth.” We have a God that loves us, trusts us, dwells in us and accompanies us; a God who directs us when we are ready and able to receive. Thanks be to God!
Gracious, gifting God, we are grateful for your trust of us and your reassurance of your love, your presence and your guidance. When we are in trouble, confused, vulnerable, we know we can count on you. We know you have our backs when we need you. Please make us worthy of your trust, open to your Spirit, grateful for your promises and reassurances.
Marj English, OSF