The Holy Spirit will bear testimony to the Truth
Readings: 1st: Acts 16:11-15; Ps: 149; Gos: Jn 15:26–16:4
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is Monday of the Sixth week of Easter. In today’s Gospel according to John, Jesus continues to advice and encourage his disciples.
Jesus taught his disciples with his word, and prepared them for life when he would no longer be with them. He knew that, there would be opposition, and that their lives will be in danger for being his disciples.
So, he continues to reaffirm his promise to send them the Holy Spirit, the “Advocate” who will help the after he has gone. The Holy Spirit will affirm the life and love of Christ. Also, the Holy Spirit will give witness to what is true.
As his disciples, Jesus is also telling us these things so that, our faith may not be shaken. When the Holy Spirit comes, he will strengthen our conviction, and keep us secure and at peace.
Christ also reassures us that, the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, who comes from the Father, will support us in giving this witness to the Good News. This will be despite challenges we are to face.
Of course, we are to be witnesses of Christ. However, this will not be only through words, but through our actions, and good works. According to saint Francis of Assisi, we are to preach the good news always through our lives and, only occasionally in words.
So, let us keep our heart and mind open, in order to receive this wonderful gift that Christ is ready to give us soon.
Finally, let us pray that Christ may keep us faithful until he fulfills is promise to us.
Peace be with you all!