Guidance of the Holy Spirit

John 16: 12-15
Acts 17: 15, 22 — 18: 1 / Ps 148: 1-2, 11-14

…when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.
(John 16:13)

The Holy Spirit is our Guide
To learn God’s ways and share His Truth;
May Jesus’ Name be magnified
When we begin to bear much fruit.

(At the last supper, Jesus told the apostles), “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are coming. He will bring glory to me because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” (John 16:12-15)

Reflection

Jesus said the Spirit of Truth “will guide you to all truth. . . and will declare to you the things that are coming.” (Jn.16:13) We see this in one of His greatest evangelists, St. Paul, the ‘Apostle to the Gentiles’. In the first reading, he boldly proclaimed to the pagan Greeks their “Unknown God” Who “gives to everyone life and breath and everything.” (Acts 17:23,25) He also preached to them the Gospel of repentance and Christ’s resurrection, which were totally alien to most of them. But St. Paul’s boldness and wisdom converted a big number of people in Greece.

Wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and discernment are some of the most important gifts that the Holy Spirit provides to those who follow God’s biddings. However, it takes time to assimilate all that the Spirit teaches us. In our spiritual journey, He gradually unfolds the messages that God wants to impart to us at the proper seasons of our life. St. Paul’s spiritual formation did not take place overnight (as his transformation did). He probably went through many years studying the Scriptures as a Pharisee, and afterwards as Christ’s follower. That was why it was so easy for the Holy Spirit to work on him.

Whenever we are privileged to proclaim the Word of God in our Brotherhood’s Christian Life Program seminars, or in the ‘Days With The Lord’ sessions for young men, or share our life testimony in BCBP breakfast fellowships, the joy and power of the Holy Spirit always uplift us, leaving us invigorated afterwards. There is no joy greater than cooperating with His Spirit of Truth, Who gives us the words to speak, whether in English, Tagalog or Cebuano.

It is the same Spirit Who inspired the writing of all the books in the Holy Bible, which the Magisterium of our Church had acknowledged as the Word of God, the “Living Word”, or simply, the Truth, because it was inspired by the Spirit of Truth. All Christians are therefore urged to read the Bible, and meditate on God’s Word as often as we can, because, with the Spirit’s guidance, it is where we come to know all about our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The Bible is rich with passages of life. Whenever we come across verses there that inspire us, let us memorize them so that they may live in our heart. Jesus said, “The Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you” (Jn.16:15). His ‘Living Word’ will protect us from danger, shield us from temptation, and transform us into a new creation.

Holy Spirit, fill us with the desire to proclaim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and grant us the graces of courage and wisdom to help us in this endeavor. Amen.

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