This is a strange week as there is an option for the readings since Thursday is the Ascension and many places have moved that feast to the follow Sunday so the second reading and Gospel might be those from next week. The readings for this week are Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; and John’s Gospel 14:23-29. or Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20 and John’s Gospel 17:20-26. I will be focusing on the the readings for this week and this week alone.
We hear about how the Apostles were faced with a big decision “should we just be a Jewish sect, or should we allow gentiles to join as well” or to put it in simpler terms should it stay the same or change. They with the help of the Spirit come up with a unique answer by saying let’s do a little of both. The gentiles can join but they should follow some of the rules and customs of the Jewish people. This questions gets asked throughout the generations in the Church as people wonder if the church has gone too far from the way of the early Church. Just look at all those who wonder if Vatican II was a good thing and would rather to have a post-Trent. However technically we still are a post-Trent Church as both Vatican Councils didn’t take anything away from as the both focused on different subjects. Trent was in response to the reformation and Vatican II was in response to the modern world.
If we had time machines I’m sure that we’d recognize elements of the Church that we know in the Early Church but it is a completely different thing that we have now and I am sure that if we took this time machine to the future we’d recognize elements but it will be something a bit different from what exists today. This isn’t a bad thing at all because we got to this point with the help of the Holy Spirit. Let us all turn to the Holy Spirit to help guide us in all that we do in this upcoming week.