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Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature

(Mark 16: 15)

Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so,
remain close to Him. The following are only examples illustrating how you
can note the gems the Holy Spirit highlights for your on-going reflection.

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
Lord our God is Lord alone!

You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and
with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as
yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater
than these.”                                            
(Mark 12: 29 ― 31).

      The whole Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.
                                                                                                         (Matthew 22: 40).

      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

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Jesus by whom he was anointed at his baptism by
John, and by whom his Body which is the Church was anointed with
Pentecostal fire, come down upon the Church and upon all who have
been consecrated to you — all who in baptism received you, all who
in confirmation were sealed by you, all who by priesthood have been
set aside by you for the service God and of men.

Renew in us all the graces by which we have been sanctified, washed
clean of our sins, and made temples of your indwelling.

Let us no longer grieve you by our faithlessness or indifference,
but rather filled with your fire, let us love you with that love
which is poured abroad in our hearts by your coming to us.    Amen.

    From “Devotions to the Holy Spirit,” by Brian Moore, S.J.
                            Published by St. Paul Publications 1976.
                                                      Used with permission.

 

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