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John 16:12-15

The Word of God

Jesus said, 'I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.'

John 16:12-15
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    • Each one of us must, at some point, come face to face with the truth. To do this we need to identify and distance ourselves from the impulses and addictions that drive our attitudes and actions. We are not left to tackle this most difficult of tasks on our own. Through the Spirit of truth, Jesus continues to speak to us. But he can only help us if we seek that help.
    • What particular grace will I ask from the Spirit today?
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    • Once again Jesus reminds his disciples that everything they are learning comes originally from the Father through the Son and from the Son through the Spirit. These are not three separate revelations but one message that emanates from each one successively.
    • We too, as church, as communities, as individuals need the constant guidance of the Spirit that we may remain faithful to the truth that is given us and be always open to understanding it more deeply so that we can pass it on to others with full integrity.
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    • I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. This is our experience, that we need time to understand what Jesus said, for it is often not a question of theoretical knowledge, but of things of the heart: the meaning of love, of suffering, the presence of God in my life and in that of the others, the Church. So many things that the Spirit guides me so gently to understand. I repeat my prayer to be open to the Spirit and to his gentle presence.
    • In this passage Jesus speaks once more of the unique relationship there exists between the Father, the Son and the Spirit, the great mystery of the Trinity. Three persons, who share everything, even the divinity, so that there is only one God. I worship God, whose mystery is too big for me to understand, yet it is even more mysteriously open to me, sharing its life and truth with me.
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    • I hear Jesus say that he has much more to say to me. How do I feel about that? Am I, perhaps, afraid of what Jesus might ask of me? Am I afraid to listen to him, in case I hear something I don’t want to hear? I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me into the truth, and to help me to trust that what Jesus wants will always be life-giving for me.
    • I let go of all resistance. What do you want to say to me, Lord? Speak, for I am listening. I sit quietly with Jesus and allow him to speak to my heart.
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    • What would Jesus have to say to me right now? What would be ‘too much ‘for me to hear?
    • What ‘things to come’ will the Spirit tell me? How well am I able to live with the truth?
    • Remember Nelson Mandela’s famous quote, we are made for greatness? I am the beloved of the of the Father!
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    • The Holy Spirit has come to lead us to the complete truth. This is not a promise to each of us personally, but to the Church as a whole. It is important for my personal peace of mind that I trust the Church, despite the terrible things that have happened. Christ is with us always, to the end of the world.
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    • Here is Jesus, nearing his own death, and he is pouring out the depth of his love for his followers. He spoke these words at the Last Supper, as he gathered with his disciples, sharing life with them. His words and actions comforted and strengthened them in ways that only the Holy Spirit might help them to understand.
    • If you have had the experience of being with someone you loved as they are close to death, then you will know how significant what they have to say to you will be. Perhaps you will remember their words, how they said them and some of the emotions that you had in that precious time.
    • The love that the God the Father has for Jesus is the love Jesus has for each of us! Can I ask for this grace, of knowing and experiencing deep down, this tremendous love?
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    • It is impossible to assimilate in a short period of time all that Jesus has to teach us. As our journey through life continues, the Holy Spirit gradually unfolds God’s message so that it speaks to us at appropriate times in our lives. Our capacity to take in what God has to reveal to us is expandable - when we become more open, the “Spirit of truth” will reveal more, and guide us into all the truth.
    • Jesus wants to draw us into the life of God. He knows how anxious we can be, both to let go of the past and to trust what the future will bring. Can I speak to him about my anxieties?
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    • The mystery of the Trinity is difficult to put into words. One important word in considering the Trinity is 'sharing'. The three persons live in the love of sharing their truth and sharing all they are. Prayer introduces us to the mystery of God, the mystery of truth and the mystery of gift. All of God is gift; prayer is our time of allowing the gift of Father, Son and Spirit reach deeply into our lives.
    • In the words of a well-known prayer to the Holy Trinity, we pray: “O Everlasting and Triune God, I consecrate myself wholly to you today. Let all my days offer you ceaseless praise, my hands move to the rhythm of your impulses, my feet be swift in your service, my voice sing constantly of you, my lips proclaim your message, my eyes perceive you everywhere, and my ears be attuned to your inspirations. May my intellect be filled with your wisdom, my will be moved by your beauty, my heart be enraptured with your love, and my soul be flooded with your grace. Grant that every action of mine be done for your greater glory and the advancement of my salvation. Amen.”
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    • The mystery of the Trinity is at the heart of this passage. Pope Francis reminds us that “everything, in Christian life, revolves around the mystery of the Trinity and is fulfilled in this infinite mystery. Let us look, therefore, to keep high the ‘tone’ of our life, reminding ourselves to what end, for what glory we exist, work, struggle, suffer; and to which immense prize we are called.”
    • St. Augustine summed up the heart of the Church’s belief in the mystery of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by simply stating, “If you see charity, you see the Trinity.”
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    • 'You cannot bear them now', you said. Lord, you time your interventions for my readiness. They that wait upon you shall renew their strength, says Isaiah. May I learn how to wait upon you.
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    • Jesus still speaks to us: prayer helps us to grow in love, in friendship, in understanding of the ways of God. The Spirit assists us, mediating God’s message, helping us to recognise how our way of living conforms to what God asks of us and revealing how it does not. Lord, strengthen my ability to receive and listen to your Spirit, to remember that your Spirit speaks your word to me.
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    • Jesus presents the Trinity in terms of a divine relationship: it is a community of love. It is to be the model of all human society.
    • St Ignatius spoke of the Trinity in terms of three notes that combine to make one musical chord – each makes a profound contribution to the whole. This may or may not help us to understand the Trinity. But what is more important is that the three divine Persons understand and love us!
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    • Jesus is sensitive to his followers’ limited understanding. By telling them he has more to tell them he is in a gentle way preparing them! I ask his wisdom to know when it is good to speak and when it is better to wait and be silent.
    • Jesus knows how anxious we can be both to let go of the past and to trust what the future will bring. Can I speak to him about my anxieties?
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    • It is impossible to assimilate in a short period of time all that Jesus has to teach us. As our journey through life continues, the Holy Spirit gradually unfolds God’s message so that it speaks to us at appropriate times in our lives.
    • What is the Good Spirit trying to say to me today?
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    • The mystery of the Trinity is difficult to put into words. One important word in considering the Trinity is 'sharing'. The three persons live in the love of sharing their truth and sharing all they are. Prayer introduces us to the mystery of God, the mystery of truth and the mystery of gift. All of God is gift; prayer is our time of allowing the gift of Father, Son and Spirit reach deeply into our lives.
    • Jesus does not abandon the one who followed him. Earthly death does not confine his word to the era of the first century. Jesus, through his Spirit. is still our guide and our way, truth and life. The Spirit unites heaven and earth, God and humanity, within each person and within each community of Jesus Christ.
    • The Father, Son and Spirit are one; they act of one accord, seeking the same good. I am invited to find myself in their relationship to one another. I prayer that I may grow in appreciation that I am created, redeemed and made holy by God's continuing action and presence.
    • As he promises us the Holy Spirit and offers us all that the Father has, Jesus gives fully of himself. I pray for generosity.
    • Jesus wants to draw me into the life of God. The mystery of the holy Trinity reminds me that God holds me in being, saves me and makes me holy.
    • Jesus spoke these words at the Last Supper, as he gathered with his disciples, sharing life with them. He realized that there was much he wanted to express but could not say, so he washed their feet, broke bread and shared wine. His words and actions comforted and strengthened them in ways that only the Holy Spirit might help them to understand.