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».
It is God who leads us, He leads us through the events of daily life, the sacred scriptures, the testimonies of the people, etc. and God the Father never works alone, it is the mystery of the Holy Trinity that Jesus comes to make us understand. This is essential for every humanity. When this togetherness is divinely oriented, then, we will feel the divine presence very close to our being. Without understanding this truth, as christia, we can never move forward.
The Holy Spirit comes, not only as our Advocate, but also as an educator who helps us to hear clearly all that Jesus has revealed and taught us. He helps us to understand that even if revelation is complete in Jesus Christ, because of our human limitation, we cannot understand everything without a strong support of the Holy Spirit.
This is why a physical separation from the Lord is willed by the Father, so that the Spirit may come to help man to, in a certain way, "digest" the Word of Jesus. If Jesus ascends to his Father, it is because he has accomplished everything; the Holy Spirit comes to be the witness of His presence among us. Henceforth the Lord will be perceptible only in faith. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us this look of faith, so that we may live eternally in the presence of the Lord.
Action of the day: Be a sign of divine presence in the world.
«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.