(Adults, you could begin by reading the Gospel aloud to the child. Alternatively, you could read the first paragraph of the reflection to the child, then read the Gospel, and then continue with the reflection.)
Deep in our hearts, we all want to know God. We want to know God and we want God to know us. Wholly. Completely. Jesus knows we want this—that we all want this. On this Sunday, Jesus promises this to us.
At the Last Supper, Jesus says to the disciples,
“I still have many things to say to you,
They do not know all. They are not yet complete. But Jesus is about to die—he will have to speak quickly.
but you cannot bear them now.
They are not ready. He does not try to tell them now.
Not now, he says.
That means, not yet.
There is a promise in these words.
When the Spirit of truth comes,
Here is a new name for the Holy Spirit—the Spirit of Truth. What is truth? We know that truth is not fake, that truth is real. Truth is faithful; it can be trusted.
Who is real?
Who is faithful?
Who can be trusted?
We know this is God.
he will guide you into all the truth
The Spirit of Truth guides to all Truth.
Of Truth—to Truth.
Of God—to God.
he will declare to you the things that are to come.
The things that Jesus has not yet told them, the Spirit of Truth declares.
He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Now they do not know all. But the Spirit of Truth declares all that belongs to Jesus. The Spirit brings completeness. The Spirit makes whole.
All that the Father has is mine.
All of God equals all of Jesus.
Whole equals whole.
One equals One.
Jesus ascends to God, he returns to God, One into One.
For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
To whom does the Spirit declare Truth? Jesus says, "to you." We use the word "you" when we are talking to one person, and we use it when we are talking to lots of people. You means one. You means all. Jesus speaks to us, one and all.
Jesus does not leave us alone. He gathers us, one and all, into his Oneness with God.
The Spirit of Truth reveals Truth to us, one and all.
The Spirit of Truth guides us, one and all, to all Truth.