May 8, 2013

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Jn 16: 12-15

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.”

Reflection (Sem. Eldrick S. Pena)

Today’s gospel speaks of the “Spirit of truth who will guide [us] to all the truth.”  This was what Jesus promised to His disciples before He ascended into heaven.  He will be sending the Holy Spirit to guide them (the disciples) to the truth.

But how do we testify to the Truth who is Jesus himself?  What do we say about Jesus if we are asked who He is?  I think the question is best addressed not with words, but with deeds.  When someone asks us who Jesus is, the person should see the answer with the kind of life we live.  With our example and good deeds, the person should be able to say “I have seen Jesus!” Testifying to Jesus therefore, is an invitation to serve others most especially the last, the lost, and the least.  Our encounter with others should make them see the Truth that we bring to them, who is Jesus Christ Himself.

Giving witness to the Truth is not always easy.  But Christ has given us the assurance that He will still continue to be with us through the Holy Spirit.  We should not be ashamed to profess our belief in Jesus, the Son of God who became man to save us.   The Holy Spirit will guide us and will give us the “voice” that we need.

As we celebrate the year of faith this year, we are challenged to know, to live and to share the faith that we have received through our baptism so that at the end of the day, we can confidently say with the strongest conviction, “I am Jesus” for His spirit lives in me.

s love for us, He cannot afford to just leave us astray. And just like a “balikbayan”, we all look forward to meeting Him again when He appears in full glory. Until that time comes, we rest in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

In times of confusion, let us call the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom. When doubts come, pray to the Holy Spirit for perseverance and increase in faith. When we are in distress, seek the Holy Spirit to lead us to the right path. We pray: “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your Divine Love.”

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