Presence of the Holy Spirit

John 15:26—16:4a
Acts 16: 11-15 / Ps 149

When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—He will testify about me. And you also must testify…
(John 15:26)

Give us courage to testify
On behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ;
For our sake He was crucified,
For that it’s just a small sacrifice.

(Jesus said to His disciples,) “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—He will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. . . All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. (John 15:26-16:4a)

Reflection

After Jesus ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost as He promised, and the apostles “began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim” (Acts 2:4). When St. Peter, gave his testimony about Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit worked so powerfully in him that about three thousand people were that day converted and baptized (Acts 2:41). The Holy Spirit had completely transformed him and the other apostles into men of strong faith, and were now boldly proclaiming the Good News of Jesus without fear of persecution. Jesus said, “I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—He will testify about me. And you also must testify . . .”

Throughout the history of the Church, we read about the miracles that God manifested in the lives of His saints who followed the example of Christ to testify about the love of God, the coming of the kingdom, and His salvation plan. We believe it was the Word of God that transformed their lives, but they used their personal testimonies because people could easily relate to their stories. This was why Jesus used parables to convey His message. We employ the same formula of witnessing in our community’s breakfast meetings every Saturday.

In our mission to share the Gospel messages of Jesus, we believe the Holy Spirit always provides us with His grace of zeal and boldness to effect changes in other people’s lives. This is because we are performing the mandate of our Lord Jesus to bring the reality of God’s love to others so that they too may be inspired to seek His Spirit’s intervention in their lives.

Jesus said, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, therefore He has anointed me.” (Luke 4:18) “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38) As Jesus promised, we can also have the Holy Spirit present in our lives if we diligently follow all His commandments of love. Then we can enjoy all the fruit of the Spirit, like joy, love, wisdom and discernment, patience, peace of mind, a strong faith, and a fervent hope in the life eternal. Truly, there is nothing more precious in life than witnessing for Jesus, and the presence of His Holy Spirit Who empowers our testimony.

Father most loving, thank You for the presence of Your Holy Spirit in our daily life. Thank You for all the gifts that He has given us. May we use all of them for propagating the ideals of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus, for winning souls to Your kingdom, and for the praise and glory of Your Holy Name. Amen.

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