Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Acts 16:22-34 + John 16:5-11
“But if I go, I will send Him to you.”
In addition to their divinity, the divine Persons of God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were both sent by God the Father into this world, filled as it is by sin and death. Their missions differ, yet their missions converge as God’s Providential Will unfolds within salvation history.
Of course, before considering the Son’s and the Holy Spirit’s missions within salvation history, we ought to reflect on their work “in the beginning”. God the Father created everything in the universe, visible and invisible, through His divine Word, and through the Power of the Holy Spirit. The creation narratives in Genesis are more suggestive than telling. Nonetheless, they point us towards contrasts that we ought to reflect upon as we approach Pentecost: contrasts, that is, between God’s work of creation “in the beginning”, and God’s work of redemption in the fullness of time.
Perhaps the most significant contrast between the missions of the Son and Spirit in creation, and then again their missions in the work of redemption, is that in the latter they manifest themselves incarnately. Their missions converge within the Mystical Body of Christ. “In the beginning”, the Word remained the Word. But in the fullness of time, “the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us”. “In the beginning”, the Spirit hovered silently over the face of the deep. But in the fullness of time, He is the soul of the Mystical Body of Christ, animating that Body’s members, so that the Christ’s saving work is carried out “unto the end of the age.”