God’s gift of the Spirit
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 6th Week of Easter 1st Reading: Acts 17:15, 22—18:1 Gospel: John 16:12-15
Jesus said to his disciples, “I still have many things to tell you, but you cannot bear them now. When he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into the whole truth. He has nothing to say of himself but he will speak of what he hears, and he will tell you of the things to come. He will take what is mine and make it known to you; in doing this, he will glorify me. All that the Father has is mine; because of this I have just told you, that the Spirit will take what is mine and make it known to you.”
(Daily Gospel in the
Jesus had already taught so many things to his people. But the people failed to absorb any of these with clarity and understanding. But his time was up and he had to return to heaven. To smoothen things up he promised to send the Holy Spirit after he had ascended to heaven. What was to be the role of the Holy Spirit considering that Jesus had already completed the work of salvation? “The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church” confirmed Pope Paul VI in the document Evangelii Nuntiandi. “It is He who explains to the faithful the deep meaning of the teaching of Jesus and of His mystery.” It is the Holy Spirit who predisposes us to receive and understand the message of the Gospel.
It is important that we cultivate a deep devotion to the Holy Spirit so that we may not be swayed away from the truths revealed by Jesus Christ. In our life experience truth can be very elusive especially because there are many people who distract us from the right understanding of it. On the issue of who to vote in the elections, for example, the Church was not remiss in giving us guidelines on how to identify the God-fearing candidates, such as those who are pro-life and anti-divorce.
Yet many did not listen to the voice of the Church because of the other voices saying that divorce is now the practical thing to do to address irreconcilable differences of couples. But there are already solutions to that. We already have annulment and declaration of nullity as valid options. To introduce divorce is to strip the family of its last defense. If we haven’t asked the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit during the elections we have squandered a God-given privilege to steer our destiny along calm waters. Our only option now is to pray that those we have voted will eventually submit themselves to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus already sent us the Advocate. But we still wallow in darkness, incapable of understanding heavenly truths because we refuse to be taught by the Holy Spirit. –(Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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