A reading from the gospel according to John 16:12-15:
Jesus said to his disciples:
12 “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
13 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.
14 He will glorify me because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
15 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.”
5/25/2022 Gospel Reflection: Spirit of Truth
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity. Take note of the biblical use of the personal pronoun “He”. The use of fire or wind as a symbol of the Holy Spirit does not in any way make the Holy Spirit an inanimate object. The Holy Spirit is God and He is alive! He is our Advocate, our Helper, and our Comforter.
God is more than the universe. Our little mind, no matter how intelligent we are, is but one tiny dot of the universe. Even with the advent of modern technology, there are so many things that we do not know yet. The more information we get, the more questions crop up and we are as confused as before.
Just like the apostles. For three years, Jesus taught them a lot of things. In one dinner setting, during the night before His arrest, He gave them a mouthful of teachings which is now found in three chapters of the gospel of John (Chapters 14-16). Jesus wanted to tell them more but they cannot bear all (verse 12 in the above reading). And so He promised them the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, who will guide them to all truth.
We do not seek to know the whole mystery of God and the whole universe. In our own life, we already have many unanswered questions. Yet if we humbly accept our limitation and come to Jesus to ask for the Spirit of truth, He will reveal to us what we need to know. We just have to trust in Him and be satisfied that His love for us is more than enough reason to be happy now and forever. After all, the glory of God is man fully satisfied and happy.
Dear Jesus, may I give glory to your name in everything that I do. I pray that the Holy Spirit may satisfy my thirst for wisdom and knowledge. Amen.