On May 22, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, and the readings shed light on this, the greatest of divine mysteries.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (234) states: "The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in Himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the 'hierarchy of the truths of faith.'"
Jesus' gift of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on Easter Sunday night was the beginning of a worldwide revolution to lead His faithful followers to eternal glory. On that night, Jesus unleashed upon the apostles, and eventually the whole world, the fruits of His passion, death and Resurrection. He unleashed God's awesome power of love to confront man's sinfulness and the forces of hell.
On May 8, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord into heaven. After 40 days of post-resurrection appearances, Jesus takes formal leave of the apostles and disciples.
The departure of loved ones is always painful because we miss their comforting and reassuring presence. However, the departure of Jesus differs remarkably from any human departure that we may have experienced.
In the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus reveals some remarkable things. "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling in him." Just think of it: If we fall in love with God's word, then Jesus and the Father fall in love with us, and They will come to dwell within us.
In the readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, the power illustrated begins with Jesus' words at the Last Supper. "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him."
This power flows into the selection from the Acts of the Apostles, in which this power comes alive in Christ's disciples. The reading from the Book of Revelation reveals the ultimate glory of Christ's words as His disciples share in Christ's glory in heaven. This is good news for us because we share in Christ's power working the Father's glory in our hearts.