Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May
This weekend is Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12st May, beginning the Fourth weekend in Easter.
It is the Spirit of love who gives life. God is the source of all life, the one in whom we live and move and have our being. As I look around me now, at the people around me, the “Spirit of love” may not be easy to see, but, if I try, can I sense God’s presence? Can I sense God’s Holy Spirit here? In these people? In me?
This weekend’s reading is from the Gospel of John.
“This teaching is difficult”. Jesus’s listeners are reacting like this to being told that unless they eat his flesh and drink his blood they will have no life in them. But perhaps it’s a reaction you’ve had – or maybe still have – to other things Jesus says. Are there things you’ve heard Jesus say – perhaps even this week – that you find difficult to accept? How have you dealt with that?
“It is the spirit that gives life,” Jesus says. Where and when, in the past week, have you felt really alive? When have you felt the Spirit giving life to you?
There is a hint of “decision time”, or of the “sheep and the goats” about the last part of this passage, when some of the disciples throw in the towel, but Peter and the Twelve declare their faith more strongly than ever. Which way has praying with this passage inclined you? - to doubt, or to greater resolve?
“The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” As those words are read again, what spirit and what life can you hear in them?
“We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” Speak to Jesus now about what you have come to believe and know about him, who he is for you, what he means to you. Speak to him openly and freely, as one friend speaks to another.