I really want to go for a ride in Uber's new self-driving car! For those living here in Pittsburgh that reality might happen sooner than later. Here is the car driving on the North Shore with its hi-tech guidance system.
Pretty funky looking isn't it? I didn't realize that they were this far along in their development. In an article about Uber's self-driving car, Paul Sawers writes about the timing of their actual implementation:
We’re likely still some years away from seeing autonomous cars on roads in a non-test environment — there will be a long transition period, and it will probably happen gradually on a town-by-town or city-by-city basis.
Here is what John says about guidance systems in this week's Gospel.
Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you." John 16:12-15
Jesus is explaining the Trinity's guidance system to His disciples. These words were spoken after the Last Supper when Jesus is preparing the disciples for His death, resurrection and ascension. Jesus knows what's coming. At that point the disciples can't fathom what's about to unfold in the coming hours. Jesus knows that His suffering has a purpose. He knows it is what His Father wants. He has the Spirit with Him. That is all Jesus needs to move ahead in the task before Him.
You and I have the same guidance system. From the beginning of creation we were designed "in the image and likeness" of the Trinity. At the same time we are always in the "development phase." In fact, gaining an understanding of the Trinity is surely a life-long process. But the best part of Our Journey With God is that They are always with us. They always have been and always will be with us! We can't know what's to come. I'm not even sure that I want to. However, our path has already been mapped out by The Guidance System. Will you trust Them enough to take your hands off the wheel of your life?