22 May 2017
Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter
The Gospel Today
Jn 15: 26- 16: 4a
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who 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.”
Reflection (Sem. Edgar R. Calma)
In the recent past, we have been exposed via national television to several hearings both in the two chambers of the legislative branch of our government. Because of these events in the national scene, we become accustom to some legal terms and proceedings. Hence, as we witness these events we cannot also help but to ask ourselves and reflect. We want to know the truth and in the process of understanding and knowing it, we would normally examine who is telling the truth, who has presented the most credible witnesses, and who has the first hand information or personal knowledge about the matter.
The Gospel for today, presents to us the most credible and the top witness to Jesus. “He 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. (cf. Jn 15:26-27).” The Father, through the prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ, sent the Spirit to testify to Christ’s love and redeeming act of salvation here on earth. Indeed, the promise of the Advocate has been fulfilled when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary during Pentecost. We believe that this event recons the birth of the new Church, the new Israel, the new people of God, redeemed by Jesus and now, strengthened and guided by the Holy Spirit.
In our contemporary context, to be docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit is to be open and sensitive to the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives. If we implore the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our daily routine, we become receptive to the goodness of other people even in the midst of difficulties and unfortunate events in life. The Holy Spirit will direct our hearts and minds towards charity, forgiveness, patience, humility and genuine love for others. But more importantly, the Holy Spirit will empower and enlighten us to understand, know and discern the will of God for us. The Holy Spirit will help us understand and discover the truth. He is the most credible witness and proof of God’s presence in our midst even when we are confronted with life imperfections and uncertainties. Let us all be blessed by becoming credible witnesses to what is good and true, be able to act and concretize it in our daily lives for the greater glory of God and good of our fellowmen.