Reading: But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13.
Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.
Today’s Gospel (John 16:12-15) begins with Jesus telling his disciples that there is much more for him to tell them. However, Jesus realizes that they are striving to absorb and understand what he had been saying. He understood that at this point, they did not have the capacity to absorb anything more.
Once again Jesus reminds his disciples that everything they are learning comes originally from the Father through the Son and from the Son through the Spirit. Not because they are three different people but rather three of the many dimensions or manifestations of God.
However, Jesus reminds them that when the Spirit comes, the Spirit will guide them to all the truth. He tells them that the Spirit will speak to them about the things that will come in the future. Then Jesus not only foretells his departure, he says that in the future he will return but in a new and different way!
Each one of us must, at some point, come face to face with the truth. To do this we need to identify and distance ourselves from the impulses and addictions that drive our attitudes and actions. We are not left to tackle this most difficult of tasks on our own. Through the Spirit of truth, Jesus continues to speak to us. But he can only help us if we seek that help. What particular grace will I ask from the Spirit today?
We too, as church, as communities, as individuals need the constant guidance of the Spirit that we may remain faithful to the truth that is given us and be always open to understanding it more deeply so that we can pass it on to others with full integrity.
I hear Jesus say that he has much more to say to me. How do I feel about that? Am I, perhaps, afraid of what Jesus might ask of me? Am I afraid to listen to him, in case I hear something I don’t want to hear? I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me into the truth, and to help me to trust that what Jesus wants will always be life-giving for me. I let go of all resistance. What do you want to say to me, Lord? Speak, for I am listening. I sit quietly with Jesus and allow him to speak to my heart.
Just as Jesus give support his disciples; Jesus also supports us. Jesus also reassures us. Today he also is telling us, that he not only will come to us but he already is among us! Jesus comes to us in the breaking of the bread! And when we, his followers, are gathered, Jesus is with us and among us! Do we recognize Jesus with us? Do we experience his presence, his love, his grace? Today may our minds and hearts be awake and alert to his coming! We don’t want to miss him! What a loss that would be!