May 24, 2017 – From Sr.Barbara Wincik
In the Gospel reading for May 24, 2017 Jesus says to his disciples “I have much more to tell you but you cannot bear it now. … but when the Spirit comes, the Spirit will guide you to all truth (Jn. 16:12-15).” As a Community we have completed our Chapter of Affairs and Elections for 2017. We have set our course for the next four years. The present is in front of us and the future calls us forward. The call is to continue to listen with open hearts and minds; to delve into the true meanings of collaboration and trust that the ever present Spirit will come if we listen. But curious is Jesus words “…I have much more to tell you but you cannot bear it.” When I reflect on that statement I feel how protective Jesus was of those who would carry on His mission. He did not want to overwhelm them. Instead He trusted that their experiences and encounters would open up new ways of ministering and carrying on the Gospel message. He did not hold onto the past and challenged them not to paralyze in the present. He called them forth. The choice would be theirs to listen, grow, and risk.