Jesus said to his disciples, «I still have many things to tell you, but you cannot bear them now. When He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into the whole truth. He has nothing to say of himself but he will speak of what he hears, and He will tell you of the things to come. He will take what is mine and make it known to you; in doing this, He will glorify me. All that the Father has is mine; because of this I have just told you, that the Spirit will take what is mine and make it known to you».
How to understand that the Holy Spirit is working in us? The answer is simple. There are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, piety, fear (reverence or fear of not be separated from the love of the Lord) of the Lord, and fortitude) and if these gifts are at work and give the desired 12 fruits (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, capacity to withstand long-suffering for the Lord, mildness (or gentleness), faith, modesty, self-control, and chastity) of these gifts, then we have allowed the Holy Spirit to work in us and He is fully in action in and through us. The more He gets the freedom to act through us, the more we produce the fruits. The more we listen to Him, the more we will be enriched about the divine knowledge.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
The Spirit makes Christ known, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
"He [the Holy Spirit] will make me clearly known by pouring love into the hearts of believers and making them spiritual and thus able to see that the Son whom they had known before only according to the flesh - and who they thought was only a man like themselves - was equal to the Father. Or at least, when his love filled them with boldness and cast out fear, they would proclaim Christ to men and women, and in this way they would spread Christ’s fame throughout the whole world... For what they were going to do in the power of the Holy Spirit, this the Holy Spirit says he does himself." (excerpt from TRACTATES ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 100.1)
«When He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into the whole truth»
Fr. Santi COLLELL i Aguirre
(La Garriga, Barcelona, Spain)
Today, once again, our Lord, wants to open our eyes for us to realize that more often than not we make things completely wrong. «The Spirit of truth comes, will guide you into the whole truth» (Jn 16:13), what the Father made known to the Son.
How odd!, rather than letting the Spirit (a great unknown of our lives!) guide us, what we do is, either ignore him or “impose upon him” what we have already decided. But what we are told today, instead, is rather the contrary: to let him guide us.
—Lord, I'm thinking aloud... I reread today's Gospel and I think of the many boys and girls that will receive their Confirmation this year. I see those around me and I feel tempted to think: —They are still so “green”! To these ones, your Spirit is practically unknown; and they can be so easily influenced by everything and nothing, at the same time!
Make us, O Lord, who can be considered adults in your faith, effective instruments of your Spirit to become “conveyors” of your truth; to try to “guide”, to help opening up the hearts and the ears of those around us.
«I still have many things to tell you» (Jn 16:12). —Do not refrain, Lord, from speaking to us and revealing to us our own identities! Let your Spirit of Truth help us recognize what is false in our lives while giving us the necessary courage to get rid of it. Let him light up our hearts so that we can also recognize, whatever authentic is there inside us, which already shares your Truth. And that, by recognizing it, we know how to thank you for it and live up to it with joy.
Spirit of Truth, open up our hearts and our lives to Christ's Gospel: that this light be the light to lighten our daily existence. Holy Spirit, our Helper, make us strong to live Christ's truth, thereby giving testimony to everyone.