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May 5, 2013: 6th Sunday of Easter

orchardbloomJesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.” (John 13:23-29)

In this Sunday’s Gospel, John makes clear to Jesus’ followers through the words of Jesus, that, as Christians, we are never alone, never separated from the love of God. Jesus knows that he must go to the Father, but promises to send the Spirit to always be with us, healing, connecting, bringing to life the words of Jesus, and leading us into the way of peace. We often pay little attention to the Spirit. Scripture uses the name, “Sophia,” Wisdom, to express this essence of the Divine, a glimpse of the feminine face of God.


Consider spending some time this week to ponder the gifts of Sophia, Wisdom, that is always with us, always guiding us, always the touch point for God’s presence in us and around us, always opening us to the splendor of our home, the interconnected, interdependent Universe.

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Sister Ann Sullivan

Sister Ann Sullivan, SP, has been a Sister of Providence since 1964. Her primary ministry through those years has been teaching, grades one through graduate level. She presently ministers as a consultant. She has also ministered as director of a mental health center and was founding director of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. In her free time you will find Sister Ann enjoying nature in as many ways as possible, especially working in a large perennial and a small vegetable garden. She also values time with family and friends.

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