The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
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 Pena):
In the Gospel, Jesus assures the disciples that He will send the Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth that will guide them to all truth. The Holy Spirit is the expression of Jesus’ presence in the Church after He ascended into heaven. It is the same Spirit that continues to guide and give dynamism to the Church in our present time.
Through the Holy Spirit, the Church is guided in its mission of proclaiming the Word to the ends of the earth. It is the driving force that energizes the Church in its missionary activity. On the personal level, I invoke the Holy Spirit for inspiration especially if I am burdened with a lot of requirements to accomplish and if I have to make some urgent and important decisions. I ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten me and to guide me as I go through process of discernment.
The Holy Spirit has been my constant source of inspiration every time I go to the apostolate area. I pray that the Lord will speak through me to the persons I got into contact with and it is only through the working of the Holy Spirit that I am able to communicate God’s saving message in the apostolate area where we minister to people from various walks of life – the sick, the poor, the deprived of liberty, the unwanted.
There is the prayer to the Holy Spirit that we daily recite during our morning prayer that I would like to share to you:
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your Divine Love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created and You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray: O God, by the light of the Holy Spirit, You did instruct the hearts of the faithful. Grant that by the same Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ, our Lord, Amen.”