Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter

John 16:12-15

The Spirit of Truth

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

Today’s gospel reading actually points to the special role of the Holy Spirit in the Church after the Ascension. The Spirit is not a professor who teaches new things. Rather, the Spirit is like an assistant master or private tutor who explains the teaching of the Master.

The Spirit does not speak on His own authority, just as Jesus on His part was not teaching His own doctrine but merely revealing the Father and sharing the Father’s glory. It is noteworthy that the Spirit does not have a specific or separate doctrine to teach. The Spirit comes only to remind the disciples of the Father’s revelation in Jesus and to ensure a proper understanding of this revelation.

Moreover, we also notice that when Jesus speaks to us of the Father and of the Holy Spirit, He teaches that these two are simultaneously distinct and identical, separate and united at the same time. When they act, the three divine persons express their total communion with one another. Nothing is ever done separately they always act as one. No boundaries. There is only interplay of relationships. They are a community of persons different from each other but similar in nature. The three divine persons serve as a perfect model of community life. Does our family/community reflect it? (Fr. Louie Punzalan, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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When I attended a Life in the Spirit Seminar in Cebu, I remember the speaker saying: “It is the Holy Spirit who animates, purifies, strengthens and guides our Church. However, it is sad to say that the Spirit is the most forgotten Person of the Trinity.”

Jesus, in today’s gospel reading, tells His disciples about the significant role of the Holy Spirit in the Church, that is, the Spirit of truth will guide them to all truth. The Spirit will not teach new things but He is like a tutor who will explain the things of Jesus Christ Himself. In Dominum et Vivificantem, Pope Paul VI says: “The Spirit will help people understand the correct meaning of the content of Christ’s message; He will ensure the continuity and identity of understanding….the same truth which the Apostles heard from their Master.” The Spirit comes only to remind the disciples of the Father’s revelation in Jesus and to ensure a proper understanding of this revelation.

Furthermore, Jesus does not only speak of the Holy Spirit but also of the Father and Himself. He proclaims that they always act as one, even though they are distinct persons and equal and similar in nature. Their unity expresses their total communion with one another. Thus, their relationship with each other serves as a perfect model of community life.

As a member of a family/community, we may ask these questions: Am I promoting unity in my family/community? Does my community reflect it? (Fr. Ferdinand L. Alfante, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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Once the Devil walking along with one of his cohorts, they saw a man ahead of them pick up something shiny. “What did he find?” asked the cohort. “A piece of the truth,” the devil replied. “Doesn’t it bother you that he found a piece of the truth?” asked the cohort. “No,” said the Devil, “I will see to it that he makes a religion out of it.” Everybody wants the truth and will do everything to find the veracity of a certain reality. Others would even invest their time and resources for a constant search for truth. But most of the time we are misled that truth is something we create or we discover in our daily activity. We fail to acknowledge that truth is a gift of God who is the owner and the giver of all truth.

In the gospel of today, Jesus tells His disciples that it is the role of the Holy Spirit to reveal what is true. It is surprising that some people fear the truth because they think it will inhibit their freedom. But Jesus offers to His followers a different perspective of truth, a real gift that liberates us from doubts, illusions and fears. We believe that God is the source of all truth. The closer we draw ourselves to him and listen to His word, the more we grow in the knowledge of him. We are also enlightened of His great love and wisdom. Jesus assures His disciples that He would send them the Spirit of truth who will announce the things to come. We need to ask the Lord Jesus to fill us with the Holy Spirit and guide us into the way of truth. We implore him to free us from erroneous and false ways and lead us in the knowledge of His will. (Fr. Marlone Ramirez, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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….In His absence, Jesus knew His apostles would be scared to face opposition to their faith. thus, Jesus assured them that the Spirit of Truth will empower them. They have only to open themselves, change their mindset and allow the Spirit of Truth to take over their being.

The same challenge is offered to us today – to allow the Holy Spirit to take control of our lives, so that the Spirit of God can speak through us, be seen and experienced by others through us. How is this possible? In a word…Listen! God speaks in varied ways – in the cry of a child, in the smile of an elderly, in the fidelity and infidelity of couples, in the quiet stillness of nature at dawn or at dusk, or in the sad and joyful melodies of our daily existence. we need a quiet space where we can face the truth of ourselves, discover the richness and vigor of God’s love and find truth and meaning in everything around us. At the end of each day, we might as well look into ourselves and ask, “What truth of the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit have I found today?” the Spirit works and does marvelous deeds in us. (Sr. Teresa Artita, SSpS Bible Diary 2008)

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May 4, 2016 Wednesday

Life is full of questions, of conundrums to which we do not usually have any answer. A promising marriage ending up in separation; a son into drugs; a daughter prematurely pregnant; a young mother afflicted with cancer; a father of five losing a job; innocent people killed in a suicide plane crash; people waging war in the name of religion, etc. One author captured this conundrum of life when he wrote a book, When Bad Things Happen To Good People.  To all these questions and conundrums, life has no answer, at least immediately, but faith has.  Faith consoles and gives hope to a distraught and dying person. Faith is the manifestation of the Spirit of the Triune God abiding in us. Faith is the Spirit of truth leading us to the truth of life—dialogue, forbearance and commitment being the hope in a marriage rocked by trials and challenges; hard work and sacrifice as the road to genuine happiness in the face of fleeting feature and drugs; triumph of the human spirit is the way out of the doom and gloom of senseless suffering; death as a passageway to real and eternal life. Life begs questions; faith offers answers. To all of life’s doubts and queries, the crucified and the risen Jesus is the answer.

One of the most moving moments in the papal visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines in January 2015 was his encounter with the youth at the University of Sto. Tomas. When the 12-year old Glyzelle Palomar from Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation asked him why God allowed children to suffer pain, Lolo Kiko, as he was fondly called by many Filipinos, had no rational answer to offer but the power of tears before an indescribable pain and suffering. He said, “When the heart is able to ask itself and cry, then it can understand something.” He added, “Let us learn how to weep as she has showed us today.” This is the answer from faith informed by the Spirit of truth. (Fr. Raul Caga, SVD DWST, Tagaytay Bible 2016)

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 My Reflection for Wednesday May 28, Sixth Week of Easter John 16:12-15 – Reflection: How can we feel the presence of the Holy Trinity (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in our life? We need to live our lives according to how Jesus wants us to live it based on the commandments of love (Luke 10:27). Everything starts with following these commandments and once we follow and live it. The presence of the Holy Trinity will come to us like the rising of the morning sun.

Therefore we must holistically live Jesus’ commandments of love. But do we live this love commandments of Jesus? Are we not being selective when we give our love for our fellowmen? For example, the command of Jesus pertaining to love of our neighbor, is it not easy to follow this when the person is loving us in return. But when the person is hurting us it’s now very difficult for us to give our love. The challenge for us is to love even more those who are not loving us in return.

The situation is basically the same on how we express our love for God. For many of us God is easier to love when HE answers all our prayers. But when HE doesn’t answer our prayers it’s sometimes difficult for us to express our love for God.  The challenge therefore for all of us is to have this holistic love for God and neighbor.

Do we have an awareness of the presence of the Holy Trinity in our life? If our answer is no, then, we must start to follow Jesus’ commandments of love. Not according to how we want to follow it but according to how Jesus wants us to follow and live it. (Marino J. Dasmarinas)

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Reflection for May 13, Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter; John 16:12-15 Reflection: Do you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit dwelt in you when you were baptized. However not everyone of us have an awareness of the presence of God the Holy Spirit.

What is the impediment that prevents us from discerning the presence of God the Holy Spirit? It’s when we live our lives away from the teachings of the church. It’s when we create our own rules to follow instead of following the rules of the church.

For example, the obligation of going to Holy Mass every Sunday. Many of us do not follow this Sunday obligation we instead follow our own self-created rule/s. This is the reason why we just go to Holy Mass when we feel like going. This kind of behavior prevents us from discerning the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Holy Spirit acts as our honest and true counsellor who will never dare tell us to distort the truth. In fact it will tell us to speak the truth no matter who gets hurt. It will forever counsel us to do good and not to do evil things. This is the reason why we are bothered by our conscience whenever we tell lies and do wrong. And this feeling will not fade away until we tell the truth and correct the wrong that we have committed.

Do you have an awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Reflection for May 4, Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter; John 16:12-15

Reflection: There’s a story of a prayerful wife who would always make the first move to reconcile with her husband whenever they had problems. In their twenty five years of marriage it was always her who initiates the reconciliation. And she was always successful with her peace initiative towards her husband.

Who impels her to reconcile? It’s the Holy Spirit, it guides her; it speaks to her mind and it tells her to be humble enough to make the first move to reconcile. Why does she listen? She discerns and pays attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit because she is prayerful.

God the Holy Spirit is our guide, our advocate that has been with us since our Baptism. Its presence within us was further strengthened during our Confirmation. But not all of us are aware of its presence in our life.

Not all of us are aware that it’s always there ready and willing to guide us. Why? Because we are not prayerful!  Our prayerful life lays the groundwork for us to discern the presence of the Holy Spirit within us.

Are you always prayerful? Are you aware of the Sacred presence of the Holy Spirit in your life? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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GOD’S TRUTH – He will guide you to all truth. – John 16:13

I was aimless for years, just tending to our family business day in and day out, even on weekends. All I was focused on was making sure we were getting some profit.

But something nagged at me. There were questions in my heart that longed for answers. I didn’t know what to do. I just knew that there was something inside me that’s waiting to come out — like a baby wanting to be born.

Fortunately, a friend invited me to Opus Dei retreats. I went, and my relationship with God somehow deepened. I joined more retreats, then a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, then more retreats afterwards. I also joined a Catholic community.

Slowly, God’s truth unfolded: I am His beloved and I am loved. The questions became more intense afterwards, focused more now on how to return that love and how to serve Him more.

His answers came in the most unexpected ways.

Today, I am living that truth — He loves me and I love Him — in the state of life that is best for me. But it doesn’t stop there. I know that God will continue to reveal Himself and His plans for me, and I open my heart to receive them — with gladness. Tess V. Atienza (theresa.a@shepherdsvoice.com.ph)

Pope Francis Says: “The Lord is capable of changing us, through love: He is in love with us.”

Dear Lord, thank You for revealing Yourself to me. Grant me the grace to be more open to Your truths in my life. Amen.

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WHAT’S IN YOUR WORTHSHIP? – In today’s First Reading, we see Paul in Athens, Greece, a pagan city, addressing a group of educated Athenians on account of an altar he found with an inscription “to an unknown God” (v. 23). Taking that as a cue, Paul addressed the assembly and gave them a pep talk on salvation history, culminating with the raising of Jesus from the dead. The intelligentsia was not impressed but a number of them were intrigued by the notion of the resurrection and asked Paul for another session.

What is worth noting is that even in a known pagan locality, an altar was found dedicated to God, although to an unknown god.

These days, what we have is a new form of atheism — a more pernicious and deadly one. At least, the old atheist is clear and direct. He says, “There is no God.” The modern atheist is more dangerous. He says, “ There is God, but He thinks just like me.” For the modern atheist, God exists, but it is a god “according to my image and likeness.” That is why the modern man picks only what he likes from the Gospel.

According to Fr. Robert Barron in his book Catholicism, worship is a derivative from an old English word “worthship.” This means demonstrating that which is of the most worth to us. It is like a ship that carries everything that a person considers of utmost importance to himself. We all have something or someone we regard as having the most worth to us. So there are really no “atheists” in this regard. Whether we like it or not, whether we deny it or not, we all worship. The human heart is hardwired for worship. The heart of the matter is this: What or who do we worship? Is it God or a mere good? The Creator or creature?

I am not pitting God against good or Creator against creature. God is not a rival of the world. What I am saying is, if you worship the world, the world cannot give you God. But if you worship God, He will give you the world as well, for the world is His creation. Don’t settle for less. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: In your ship of worth and values, who and what occupies the first place? Do you keep things that can be counted or those things that truly count?

Ingrain in my heart Your words, O Lord: “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

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 OPEN TO TRUTH? “He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” – John 16:14

Sitting around a small circle, our Catholic Bible study group shared insights on guide questions. That night, I shared an insight on wealth taken from Genesis 12:2: “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”

For the first time, I added “money” and “wealth” in the list of items that I could have to bless the world with. And I give no small measure of thanks to Bo Sanchez for that.

So scared of going to hell because of money, I didn’t want to own even a key—a symbol of earthly possessions for me. Through that verse in Genesis, I understood that God had already shown through history that He will not only save His people spiritually but will also deliver them materially. It was a liberating thing for me and it took a lot of teachings from Bo and a lot of prayer before I could remove the fear of wealth from my heart. Today, I understand that wealth is a tool to love and bless others with.

The Lord will bring to us people and circumstances so that He can speak to us. Will we open ourselves to truth? Joy Sosoban-Roa (jsosoban@gmail.com)

Reflection: “Where I found truth, there I found my God, who is the truth itself.” (St. Augustine)

Dear Jesus, for as long as it will give You glory, then let me be great. For as long as I can remain Your child, then let me be little.

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ST READING: Paul was a good judge of a crowd. There were times they stoned him and beat him, but still they listened attentively. He claims not to have been a very good orator, yet he was able to convince people to follow Jesus. The Gospel has its own power source but it still needs to be explained competently and without doubt Paul did this very well. Acts 17:15, 22–18:1

GOSPEL: One of the great revelations of the Trinity is the unity of the three persons in one God. There is no way of explaining this perfectly — it will always have an element that is shrouded in mystery. It is important for us to learn to live with this sense of mystery. John 16:12-15

think: There will always be an element of the Trinity that is shrouded in mystery.

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GIVING GLORY TO GOD: The importance of embracing the truth becomes evident when we understand that our lives are supposed to give glory to God. There is nothing more integral to the glory of God than the beauty of truth. As we reflected yesterday, we live in a world trying to sideline the importance of truth. We do this to our own peril and that of the society in which we live. If we want a just society, then it must be built on the truth.

When convenience and personal preference are our primary guides in decision making, we are in trouble. When expediency and pragmatism are the foundations of our moral reasoning, we are also in trouble. Yes, they play a part but only insofar as they serve the truth. Truth is the bedrock upon which society must build its norms and practices.

The Roman Empire collapsed because its society had degenerated to the point of virtually becoming amoral in its approach to many things. Western society today is quickly approaching the same level of amorality in many issues surrounding human reproductive practices. There is an agenda behind Planned Parenthood’s support of contraception and abortion on demand. They want to control the reproductive rights of the people of the Third World countries so as to lessen their impact on the use of the world’s resources. There is little or no concern for the people of developing countries other than to lessen the effect they might have on the way the Western people choose to live. The question of the morality of the practices involved is never addressed because they are immoral in both act and intent.

The only way a person can give true glory to God is by exercising their God-given free choice when it comes to their actions. This free choice must be guided by the truth and not by the underhand intentions of a powerful minority, however numerous that minority may be. It is the truth that speaks of the beauty of God’s creation and nothing else. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTION: Are you using your free will in your life in a way that gives glory to God?

Holy Spirit, help me to live the truth in love every day of my life so that I will never lose any opportunity to give glory to God.

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Nothing But the Truth

May 13, 2015 (readings)

Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Father John Doyle, LC

John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. 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. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. 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.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord, as I begin this prayer I offer you my whole self: my thoughts, desires, decisions, actions, hopes, fears, weaknesses, failures and petty successes. I open my entire being to you, aware that you know everything already. I’m certain of your mercy and of the purifying power of your penetrating, loving gaze.

Petition: Lord, allow me to be sincerely and truthfully yours.

  1. My Truth Before God:Jesus tells his apostles he has many more things to tell them, but it seems that they are not yet ready to accept the truth. They were not ready, for one thing, to acknowledge the fact that in a few short hours all of them would flee before the prospect of the Cross, leaving Christ quite alone. I, too, may find it hard to see, or to accept, a realistic picture of my relationship with Christ or my state of soul. I may justify myself or my indifference with any number of psychological consolations. I might convince myself that I am not quite as bad off as so-and-so. Perhaps I put up an excellent external show, living all the motions, but with little true conviction and sincerity.
  2. Cheap Deceptions:In our consumer-oriented world, first impressions often seem to count more than the goodness or evil of a thing. Opinion polls appear to set the standard for right and wrong, and a false idea of tolerance is a highly held ideal. Truth can be seen as bluntly offensive, and so it is repackaged in a more appealing way. However, none of these attempts by the “spirit of the world” can ever succeed in the end, just as no amount of darkness can ever stop the smallest beam of light. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world declaring the truth loud and clear in the depths of the human soul. Only the truth — which comes from Christ — has the power to bring true peace and joy to the human heart when all illusions are shown up as such.
  3. Living in the Truth:As Christians we must be on guard against the spirit of insincerity. No one who lives outside the truth can claim to be a disciple of Christ. Little falsehoods in our lives are utterly destructive to the action of the “Spirit of Truth” in our souls. Our Savior never spoke out so strongly against anything as he did against the pretended righteousness of the leaders of his time. How many things have I done recently just to be praised by others? How many good things have I done which are known to God alone? Am I capable of standing firm to my convictions in the face of misunderstanding or ridicule?

Conversation with Christ: Jesus, the example of your life and death is one of complete honesty. Empower me through the “Spirit of Truth” to be sincere in all that I do before God and others.

Resolution: I will ask forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation at the first available opportunity for any insincerity in my life.

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May 13, 2015

Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter

Acts 17: 15, 22—18: 1

Jn 16: 12-15

The Works of the Holy Spirit

Here we have a small passage from the farewell discourse of Jesus. He speaks of the Holy Spirit again. But Jesus realizes that the disciples will not be able to grasp the mystery of Holy Spirit. It may be partly due to their lack of ability to understand the depths of it. It may be partly due to the confusion raging in their mind.

Along with the mystery of the Holy Spirit, Jesus reveals the mystery of the Holy Trinity too. The dynamism between the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit is again a mystery- may be much harder than that of the Holy Spirit. Still one thing is easy to understand: the perfect harmony and the unity among them. They are mutually enriching and mutually complementing even as perfect in themselves.

Jesus speaks of certain things that the Holy Spirit will do.

  1. Guiding us into Truth
  2. Speak what he hears
  3. Speak of things yet to come
  4. Glorify Jesus
  5. Provides us from what Jesus has.

These five things are essential for our spiritual growth. First of all we should be seeking after the Truth relentlessly. This is especially significant in our times as we live in a world that gleefully flourishes in falsehood. Realities are obscured from our sight. The shining bill boards and advertisement hoardings sell the lies crafted to make people believe in a world that has no connection with the realities of life. News channels are bought by politicians and business houses to perpetuate lies and cover up truth. Remember what the national and regional media did during last general elections

The Holy Spirit declares only what he hears from Jesus. He does not add to or subtract from or dilute the Truth of the message. As missionaries this should be the way we too should go ahead. Whatever be the new interpretations of missiology, let us adhere to the truth that Jesus is the only savior of the world. Let us proclaim it through our words as well as through our lives. Holy Spirit does the work of glorifying Jesus. He does not seek his own glory. Let Jesus be glorified through our lives too. Let him be glorified through our preaching and our services, through our institutions and through our interactions. Let His name be glorified throughout the world.Dr Martin Mallathu CMI

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 Feast of Our lady of Fatima (May 13, 2015)

Lk 11: 27-28

Today we are celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Between 13 May and 13October, 1917, three Portuguese children Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near Fatima. Mary asked the children to pray the rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners and for the conversion of Russia. Francisco and Jacinta died in 1919 and 1920 respectively. Lucia became a Carmelite nun and died in 2005 at the age of 97.

Mary gave the children three secrets. Lucia revealed the first secret in 1927, concerning devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The second secret was a vision of hell. Pope John Paul II directed the Holy See’s Secretary of State to reveal the third secret in 2000; it spoke of a “bishop in white” who was shot by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows into him.Many connect this to the assassination attempt against Saint John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square on 13May, 1981. The feast of Our Lady of Fatima was approved by the local bishop in 1930; it was added to the Church’s worldwide calendar in 2002.

What is the message of Fatima? What does Mother Mary want to tell us through her apparition at Fatima?  Some people have distorted the revelations at Fatima as an apocalyptic event for which they are the only interpreters. Frightening people with the vision of end times is not the intention of our Blessed Mother. She wants us to reform our lives. How can this reformation take place?  Repeatedly in her apparitions Mary tells: “Pray”, “Pray Rosary”. In short that is the message of Fatima. “Pray”.

Changes will begin to happen in the personal and community life as well as in the world when we pray. Prayer has immense power. Especially pray the rosary as and when possible, not only once a day, but as many times as possible. I know of a priest who says rosary every day minimum four times. There are many sisters who pray the rosary many times a day, whenever they get free time. During our travel, saying rosary can be the best way to spend time instead of wasting time in useless talk. Only through prayer, changes will take effect in the world.

Another message this Feast gives us is given in today’s Gospel passage. When one woman from the crowd says “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!”, Jesus replies: “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Jesus does not deny the blessedness of Mary as some people may say. Rather He affirms it by adding that we too have to be blessed like her. The way to become blessed is very simple- adhere to the Word of God. That was precisely what Mary did. She submitted herself fully to the Word of God. “Be it done to me according to thy Word; I am only a hand maid of the Lord”. There is no other short cut to become blessed. The challenge today’s Gospel passage poses before us is this- Are you a blessing in your life- a blessing to the people around you, your family and neighbours? Dr Martin Mallathu CMI

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for May 13, 2015

DISCIPLESHIP IS A BEAR

“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.” –John 16:12

Several decades ago, I began my computer programming career. During my first month on the job, so much new information came my way that I left work each day with a headache from information overload. I learned much daily, yet my boss had a great deal more to teach me, and I couldn’t bear it yet. Likewise, schools separate students into twelve grades. High-school subjects are not taught to first-graders; they aren’t mentally ready for that yet.

Besides being mentally unable to bear information, people may not be emotionally ready for certain information. For example, Jesus had just told His apostles He would be leaving them. He could see they were grieving His departure (Jn 16:5-6) and realized that they couldn’t bear any further revelations (Jn 16:12).

Finally, we may not be ready spiritually to bear God’s revelation. If we live in sin, our spiritual hearing is blocked and our hearts are too hardened to receive what Jesus wants to tell us. Like the Corinthians, we may be immature Christians not yet committed to growing in discipleship. Though we should be able to bear solid teaching by now, the Lord has to feed us spiritual milk, for we are still infants in Christ living at the level of the flesh (1 Cor 3:1-3).

God insists upon repentance (Acts 17:30). Repent of all sin and of any stifling of the Holy Spirit (1 Thes 5:19). Abide in God’s Word (Jn 8:31) and in the Mass. Bear the Good News. Bear great fruit for Jesus.

PRAYER: Jesus, enlarge me so I can bear more for You (Acts 20:32; 2 Tm 2:20-22). “Speak, for Your servant is listening” (1 Sm 3:10).

PROMISE “In Him we live and move and have our being.” –Acts 17:28

PRAISE: Three children in Fatima, Portugal told about a lady they met one day, and their openness to share this revelation changed their nation and the Church.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WEDNESDAY OF THE 6TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR C) – JUAN 16:12-15. MAKAMAO BA KITANG MAGPASENSYA SA ATONG ISIGKATAWO KON KINI DUGAY’NG MAKAT-ON SA MGA BUTANG NGA BUOT NATONG ITUDLO KANILA? Kasagaran, dali ra kitang masuko ug mawad-ag paglaum sa atong mga igsoon, anak, o estudyante nga gahi og ulo. Moingon dayon kita, “Bahala naka sa imong kinabuhi oy! Ako bay mag-antos nga ikaw man!” Apan, dili kini maoy angay natong buhaton. Atong sabton nga matag tawo lain-lain og kapasidad sa pagsabot ug lain-lain usab og kahimtang sa kinabuhi nga makaapekto sa ilang pagtubo sa hunahuna ug pagbati. Si Hesus naghatag og ehemplo sa pagdawat sa hinayhinay nga kausaban ug kalamboan sa tawo. Wala niya pwersaha ang pagtudlo sa mga sumusunod. Gani, gisalig niya sa Espirito Santo ang dugang kalamdagan sa hunahuna ug kasingkasing sa iyang mga tinun-an. Posted by Abet Uy

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May 04, 2016

REFLECTION:

The spiritual life of a seriously committed Christian involves a lot of prayer. In fact, prayer is practically the indispensable means to grow in intimacy with God (along with the daily practice of charity in action, word, and thought).

At the beginning of our spiritual journey, God encourages us by sending us pleasant feelings in prayer. However, he gradually withdraws these consolations so that we can seek him in pure faith. This is a long and painful process extending normally over decades. But if we are faithful to prayer and charity, our faith becomes as solid as rock, and we do not need consolations any more. But faith alone is a harsh discipline. However, if we remain faithful to prayer and charity, there comes a day when we become aware (this is not like a mere feeling, which comes and goes, it is a once-and-for-all knowledge) that, as Paul says in today’s first reading “in him (God) we live and move and have our being.” This awareness is the beginning of ordinary mystical life. All Christians are called to it. Those who are blessed with this awareness never again experience loneliness…

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