23 May Thursday
The Gospel speech of Jesus reveals the Trinity, not just some dogmatic statement, but a living relationship which seeks to include the human person. Faithful love inaugurates the relationship, which is described as indwelling and adding. These are terms of intimacy.
This indwelling and adding was almost unheard of for the Hellenistic world of the Greeks and Romans. They might have had experiences of the divine and told stories of the gods walking among humans. Jesus introduces the possibility of something entirely new. Achieving this means love begets love. We know this in glimpses in our normal human experiences, especially in holy marriage.
The Holy Spirit accompanies this indwelling as teacher and advocate. The result of this love is peace. The sign of this peace is the stillness of the human heart, which is almost completely unavailable in our culture. We are restless. Yet rather than dwelling on the restlessness, the point is invite this peace and describing it, not as an absence of the cultural restlessness but rather as something entirely new. Who wouldn’t want this?