The Holy Gospel: May 19, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  John 14:8-17, 25-27

Meditation:  “Preserving Christ’s Voice”

I once read that people who lose loved ones miss their voices most of all.  We have photos to remember what people look like, but pictures do not “talk” to us.  Thanks to Jeannie, we have some audio recordings of our parents, and occasionally we re-listen to them.  The preservation of sound, along with sight, enriches our memory of those we love.

The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was (among other things) a way of preserving the “voice” of Jesus (v. 26).  Because the third person of the Trinity is invisible, the Holy Spirit does not remind us what Jesus looked like, but what he “sounded” like–what he said and continues to say. [Maybe this partly explains why we have many images of Jesus, but only one Gospel]

Pentecost preserves Jesus “voice” as the Spirit brings to our remembrance what he taught, and still wills for his disciples to hear and enact.  When the Spirit speaks, we hear the voice of Christ.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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