Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature
(Mark 16: 15)
Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so,
Life In The Spirit Glorifie’s God
6th Sunday of Easter Year B St. John 15: 26 — 27 and 16: 12 — 15
1. Jesus said, “….. the Spirit of truth will guide you to all truth“.
Our Lord’s Apostles did not “go all philosophical” and debate, “What is truth?” For them the truth meant the Great Truth of all time, the Torah: the Divine Word ― the Law ― the Teaching of God in His Scriptures and in the instructions handed down by God’s anointed. When God promised to write His Law in the hearts of His People, it was the promise of the Holy Spirit given long ago through the Prophets.
Jesus declared for all time the very central core of the Truth about God, when asked, which is the first (greatest) commandment of all?
Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The
You shall love the Lord your God with all your
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as
The whole Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.
All of the Teaching of Jesus expands this great Truth for His followers. The role of the Holy Spirit is to guide us ever more intimately into this Truth.
2. In talking about the work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said,
“He will take from what is mine and declare it to you.“
On this occasion He was talking to His eleven chosen Apostles ― but talking in a way which demonstrated that this beautiful intimacy was a gift they were authorised, indeed commanded, to pass on down the line to future generations of disciples.
We share in that privilege as members of His own household, to enjoy spiritual intimacy with Him, and to draw New Life from this.
3. As with the ancient Israelites, so it is with us, that “the truth” is no abstract, densely philosophical concept.
We have it from our Lord Jesus Christ, that He Himself, is the physical embodiment of God’s entire revelation of the truth about His love for all humanity. To know our Messiah, the Lord Jesus, is to know the truth: to know it as one who is part of it, and who is commissioned to bring others to it. Jesus chose to talk of this within the intimacy of family. He bids us to bring others into His Household, His family — where they can receive from Him the love, care, forgiveness and restoration they need.
That is the Truth!
Armed with the Spirit of Truth, and with God’s Word written on our hearts and minds, we are ready to live the Truth, and give witness to its power in our own lives. Only then can we pass on the great Truth of our Faith to others, and draw them to Jesus and His Teaching.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
To The Holy Spirit
Renew in us all the graces by which we have been sanctified, washed
Let us no longer grieve you by our faithlessness or indifference,
From “Devotions to the Holy Spirit,” by Brian Moore, S.J.