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I 22, 1992 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i Commentary 9 :: ii ', V By FATHER DONALD DILGER GOspel Commentary for Sunday, May 24, /092, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle C: John 14: ,f'29 again, just as last week, the gospel is from Jesus' long sermon following the Last )er. The choice of this gospel reading is ap- )riate. It speaks of the departure of Jesus and sending of the Holy Spirit. Our celebration of Sus' ascension and the coming of the Spirit is ly a few weeks away. Last week the gospel re- }lnded us of the commandment Jesus left his iples. It was the command to love one an- r. That thought is taken up once more as our el reading opens: "Those who love me will keep my word and Father will lave them and we will come to and make our home in them." The "word" Which Jesus speaks is the commandment of In the Scriptures the 10 commandments are referred to as "the 10 words." Jesus lrns up "the 10 words" in one "word," "Love 0ae another as I have loved you." St. Paul ex- the same idea: "The whole law is ful- one word: "You shall love your neigh- as yourself." .Sus promises a divine response to those who the commandment of love: divine in- .Welling. The prophet Zechariah expected di- lrle indwelling in Jerusalem and in the temple. Divine indwelling: Promise of the Holy Spirit John had already written in 4:21-24 that the time would come when there would be no worship in a Jerusalem temple. True worshippers will wor- ship without a specific locality. God, who is Spirit and truth, will dwell in people instead of in a temple. In fact, human beings will them- selves become temples of God, as Paul would say it. Jesus turns to another subject, his departure and his replacement: "The Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and remind you of what I have said to you." The Greek word, "Para- clete" means an advocate, lawyer, mediator, helper, counsellor. In one text even Jesus is called our Paraclete. Earlier Jesus noted that he will ask the Father to send "another Paraclete," i.e. the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will replace Jesus and continue his work. The Holy Spirit becomes the teacher in place of Jesus: "He will teach you all things and re- mind you of what I have taught you." In this statement we hear echoes of Jeremiah 31. The prophet speaks of a new covenant which will be written on hearts instead of on stones. There will be no need for human teachers, because "they shall all know me, from the least to the greatest." The First Letter of John is more spe- cific: "But the annointing (the Holy Spirit) which you have received from him remains within you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you, since his annointing teaches you about everything." This last statement, like other statements in John, can obviously not be car- ried to the extreme. Teachers are indeed still needed, but perhaps not according to the theology of John. However, the whole of New Testament theology must be considered including Jesus' command to teach all nations. At the end of today's gospel we come to a trou- blesome statement: "The Father is greater than I." This statement subordinates the Son to the Father instead of expressing their equality as .do the usual statements about Father and Son. The statement has often been used by heretics to deny the divin- ity of Jesus. In 17:3 there is another statement sep- arating Father and Son that can be interpreted as the Son being less than the Father: "This is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." In view of the Gospel of John, these two statements must be interpreted in the sense that Jesus, speaking as a human being, the Word made flesh, has not yet been glorified. When his glorification is. com- pleted, his humanity achieves the glory of the Word of God, who was "in the beginning with God and the Word was God." Other readings for Sunday, May 24: Acts 15: 1-2, 22-29; Rev. 21: 10-14, 22-23. tW, rlj ashington , ued from page 4 egal services building to rain station, he said, os- ibly so commuting 'ers would not have to :Newark's poverty-ray- streets. don't think L.A. was a race riot," Sister Blaquiere said. "I think it was about an economic rebellion. And it could happen here." To solve the problem, she said, people need an eco- nomic stake in their commu- HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  MAY 30  00 STEAK DINNER, DANCE, AUCTION DINNER SERVED FROM 5- 8 P.M. Ieer & Wine Provided - No one under 21 admitted SB PER PERSON IN ADVANCE - $9 AT GATE FOR ADVANCE TICKET SALES: 476-1257 Medical Arts PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W. Franklin St. 425-4364 Pharmacy 700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler _... 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But Eleanor Josaitis, associ- ate director of Focus: Hope, a Detroit economic recovery program founded after the 1967 Detroit riots by her and two city priests, sees an un- derlying cause to poor hous- ing, poor jobs, poor education and poor people. "They are the problems of racism and exclusion and lack of any kind of hope," Mrs. Josaitis said. While Focus: Hope concentrates on job training and food aid for Detroit's poor, she added, "our whole purpose is how do we stop some of this divi- siveness, haw do we stop some ot this IOOllsnness.