Bishop Vasa’s homily for the Mass of 28 May 2014

Bishop’s Homily for the Mass of 28 May 2014. Readings: Acts 17:15, 22-18:1; Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14; John 16:12-15
            In his homily for today’s Mass, Bishop Robert F. Vasa concentrated on the Gospel, in which Jesus tells His disciples, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear it now. But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth…. He will glorify me, for He will take what is Mine and declare it to you.”
            “This week, the readings have been building in anticipation of the Ascension of the Lord into heaven—which, technically, we celebrate tomorrow, but officially we celebrate on Sunday—and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, that promised gift of the Father.
            “The words today, ‘I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now,’ think about all of the proclamations of the Church and the various encyclicals and the various teachings of the popes and bishops and priests and saints and Fathers of the Church over the centuries, and all of them are literally compacting for each generation and for different individuals the words of Our Lord.
            “So when Our Lord says, ‘I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now,’ literally everything that has been spoken about Christ by the Church from the time of Christ until now is a part of this He ‘has much more to tell [us],’ that He has words that apply to every possible human situation and circumstance, and these words are appropriate for those.
“It is simply up to us to learn to apply that rich and abundant word of God to every one of these situations and never shrug our shoulders and say, ‘Well, I guess Jesus didn’t anticipate this one.’
            “But He did, and He has already given us the answers we need to be increasingly faithful to the word that He gives us.”