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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)
Wisdom calls humankind to be aware of its special place in creation. It was first before all other creatures and worked hand in hand with God in the process of creating the wonders of the whole earth. In these, and in humanity as well, it has reason to be delighted.
The Psalmist emphasizes that Yahweh’s name is majestic over the entire earth because of his great and awesome creation. But humankind does not suffer much in comparison, having been given dominion over that creation and crowned with glory and honor.
Second Reading (Romans 5:1-5)
Paul explains how, having been justified by faith, we are restored to God through Christ and can fully expect to share in his glory. We can even boast in that our suffering produces, in turn, endurance, character, and a sure hope, as God’s love is poured out through the Holy Spirit.
Gospel (John 16:12-15)
Jesus tells his disciples they are not ready to hear all that he needs to say to them. However, the coming Spirit will impart all truth to them, all that he has heard, including future events. In this he will glorify Jesus who, in turn, has been given everything of the Father’s.
- The special place of humanity as the object of God’s attention
- God extends his work through his Spirit and humankind, his special creation
- The work of creation and new creation is wondrous indeed
- The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit cooperate in the work of redemption
- The Holy Spirit does not work independently of the Father and the Son