Posted by: livingscripture | May 9, 2010

Sixth Sunday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.

                                                  John 14: 26

 How should we live this Word

 Jesus spoke this long discourse at the Last Supper before His passion.  It is full of a tender and personal love that desires to give its entire self, even to the point of dying.  It is as though Jesus cannot separate Himself from these beloved disciples.  In fact, He has not left us orphans but remains with us in the Eucharist and in His Word.  They are means of contact and of communion.  “Whoever loves Me will keep My Word and my Father will love him and We will come to him and make Our dwelling with him.” 

Today, Jesus adds another promise.  He will pray to the Father to send us the Spirit of Truth who will teach us everything and remind us of all that Jesus told us during His earthly life.  The Spirit of Truth is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Jesus, and God Himself because only God is Truth.  It is through the Holy Spirit that we find ourselves in God’s real presence every time we celebrate the sacred mysteries.  Then God, through His Spirit, remains mystically among us and inside us, accompanying us in the vicissitudes of life. 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will, with the assistance of the Spirit of Truth, verify my rapport of love with God.  If I really love Jesus, I will love my sisters and brothers and open myself to greater intimacy with Jesus in the bosom of the Most Holy Trinity.

 Father of Jesus and my Father, I thank You for the gift of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit who help me to know You more and more.  Open my heart to a more sincere love.  Grant that all may recognize that I am Your disciple because of the real love I nurture for others.

 The voice of Michel Quoist, contemporary witness

 Love is an enthusiastic but difficult adventure because it demands the constant effort of the one who loves to transform the desire to receive into that of giving.


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