Often, we do not want to hear the news of the day. Many will say that it is always too negative, too complicated, or even fake news. I know some people who avoid the news altogether in any kind of media — TV, facebook, newsfeeds, blogs, radio, twitter, and on and on. Indeed we are awash in news, most of it not pleasant. News also frightens people for whatever future is coming. One can hardly blame these ostriches!

So we can entirely understand what Jesus means when he says that he has more to tell us but that we cannot not endures or bear it now. The word in the original means more “to bear a child”. The announcement of a pregnancy can be challenging news for a woman and/or a couple. While there’s hope, there’s also a sense of not knowing what it going to come or to expect. It’s called “expecting”. The birthing of Christ in us is the same, and too often we are ambivalent.

The message is the truth which the Spirit will reveal. Yet another thing we often fear or hide from — the truth. Whether it is about ourselves or others or the world around us, the truth is not an easy thing. Just look at our cultural moment and one can see that for many, fixed in their beliefs, they don’t want to know anything else. Yet, “truth prevails”, “Pravda vitezi,” so goes the Czech national motto.

The Trinity in this brief gospel from the Last Supper of John, focuses on the Trinity as an intercommunication of truth. The truth is about God as Word and the self communication of God with us, which is revelation. This is wh[y the Gospel is such a threat to dictatorships of any stripe, it speaks the truth which a politic would want to replace or substitute with its own truth, which is a lie of the evil one.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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