7th Sunday of Easter, A 2017
This 7th Sunday of Easter is an in between time, coming as it does between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost.
Jesus has ascended to the Father. The Apostles and some other disciples gather in the upper room. They were given a task by the now physically absent Lord to go and make disciple of all nations. But now they have to wait until the Holy Spirit comes upon them - “an in between time.”
They were neither sad nor anxious. They were waiting, but they prepared themselves to receive the promised gift of the Advocate by praying. As one chapter in the story of salvation ends, the next has yet to written – “a n in between time.”
We too are living in “an in between time.”
We have already been saved, but we have not yet fully experienced the fullness of that salvation. We have already been transformed into a new creature as Paul says, but the transformation has not yet been complete. We still struggle to eliminate from our lives whatever is not of Gospel value: impatience, lack of charity, vengeance, grudges, etc... We know we have quite a bit to go.
And we ask, “How?”
The answer is found in today’s first reading: by gathering as a community in prayer, to offer one another support, encouragement and challenge, all companions on the journey who experience the same struggles to be faithful to our baptismal calling in a world that oftentimes does not share our values and hopes.
An “in between time” is a busy place. We rejoice in what is already but we strive for what is not yet – “an in between time”.