Filled with truth and grace
In the poetry of Genesis and the beautiful narrative of Creation, the Spirit of God hovers over the waters of chaos. God speaks, and there is light. God speaks, and there is sky and land, plants and trees. God speaks and there is sun and moon, creatures in the sea and sky, and upon the land, and last of all, God speaks, and God creates humanity, and looks upon him and sees a reflection of his very self. As a hymn sung at Evening Prayer goes, “In his own image God created man | and when from dust he fashioned Adam’s face | the likeness of his only Son was formed | His word incarnate, filled with truth and grace.”
Jesus wants the same Spirit to be given to the Apostles, and indeed to the whole of Creation. The Spirit who will reveal to them the truth about so many things. As Jesus speaks to them, their hearts appear to be in turmoil, filled with deep sadness as he talks about going away. Chaotic scenes will soon follow, as they scatter, and run from the Garden of Gethsemane, and his torn body stretched out upon the cross. But glory follows.
Jesus is the Word of God through whom and for whom the whole of Creation came into being. He is the eloquent expression of who God is, and when he returns to the Father, the Spirit of God will be poured out upon all creation, so that God may look again upon the ones he has made and glimpse a reflection of God’s only Son, his word incarnate, filled with truth and grace.
Lord God, we have marred your image and fallen short of your glory. Open our hearts and our lives to receive afresh the power of your Spirit who shows us Jesus, your incarnate Word, full of truth and grace. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.