Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. “I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you."
A beautiful gift that every Christian can desire is martyrdom. The Cross is given only to beloveds of God. Those who are in love with God, wishes, not the blessings of consolations and kindness, rather had an ardent desire to participate in the divine suffering, so that, through my pains, God may be consoled. The way I omit vengeance, hatred, violence, and the way I bear people those are against me, help my enemies to get reconciled with God, God who resides in me, will be happy to see that I act, not by my human impulses, rather by the divine will. This act and discernment is a pure gift of the Holy Spirit, a witnessing life.
The Holy Spirit, the Defender that the Father sends us, helps us to live in truth. God is good, active and cares for us. Persecutions help us to discover this divine protection and they give us an opportunity to offer ourselves, like Jesus on the Cross, for the salvation of the world. Jesus tells us that the cross is a path to resurrection and with God's grace, this cross will itself become a grace. Like Jesus, the Holy Spirit will teach us to forgive our brothers and sisters so that they too may taste God's mercy.
Action of the day: Be a martyr today, in a simple way.
“And you also testify”
Fr. Higinio Rafael ROSOLEN IVE
(Cobourg, Ontario, Canada)
Today in the Gospel, Jesus announces and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit: "When the Paraclete comes…that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me" (Jn 15:26). "Paraclete" literally means "the one who is called near to one", and is usually translated as "Comforter". In this way, Jesus reminds us of the goodness of God, for the Holy Spirit being the love of God, He instills peace in our hearts, serenity in adversity and joy for the things of God. He makes us look to the things above and unite with God.
Furthermore, Jesus says to the Apostles: "And you also testify" (Jn 15:27). To testify it is necessary to:
1st Have communion and intimacy with Jesus. This is born of the daily relationship with Him: reading the Gospel, listening to His words, knowing His teachings, frequenting His sacraments, being in communion with His Church, imitating His example, keeping the commandments, seeing Him in the saints, recognizing Him in our brothers, having His spirit and loving Him. It is about having a personal and living experience of Jesus.
2nd Our testimony is credible if it appears in our works. A witness is not only a person who knows that something is true, but who is also willing to say it and live it. What we experience and live in our soul we must transmit to the outside world. We are witnesses of Jesus not only if we know His teachings, but — and mainly — when we want and make others to know and love Him. As the saying goes, "Actions speak louder than words."
Pope Francis told us: “I am grateful for the beautiful example given to me by so many Christians who joyfully sacrifice their lives and their time. This witness comforts and sustains me in my own effort to overcome selfishness and to give more fully of myself.” And he added: "I especially ask Christians in communities throughout the world to offer a radiant and attractive witness of fraternal communion." That is always a light that attracts.