The Gospel Today
Jn 14: 15-16; 23B-26
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always.
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.”
Reflection (Sem. Marlon S. Landicho)
God was always true to His promise. When Jesus rose from the dead, He knew that He will be coming back to the Father, He knew that He will be leaving His beloved disciples. Because of the love He had for them, He promised to send forth the Holy Spirit to guide them. A way to show them how much He loved the people.
It is the same gift we received in baptism and confirmed through the sacrament of Confirmation. As we mature in our faith, we realize that this is one of the best gift that we receive from God. Imagine, we are being blessed with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We are guided by the Holy Spirit in every thing that we do but often times we fail to acknowledge this gift.
As we receive the gift, Jesus is reminding us of our mission: to spread the God’s word to those who do not know Him, to be preachers of the good news. The question now is, have we fulfilled this mission? It may be good for us to stop and evaluate what we have accomplished in line with the mission. Or we may want to go back to the basics and ask ourselves, do we really know how the Holy Spirit moves in our lives?
Another gift that we receive is the sacrament of reconciliation. With this gift, we are assured of God’s mercy and love. That He is always waiting for us to come back to His loving arms every time we repent of our sin. His arms are wide open to embrace us and love us unconditionally.
As we continue to live our lives, let us pause for a while and thank God for the many wonderful gifts He has bestowed upon us. Let us thank Him for the love and mercy that He abundantly shares with us.
PS. So what are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?