The Holy Spirit will teach you everything
May 8, 2023
Dear Family of Mary!
I am sorry to constantly be focusing on the Gospel readings for Holy Mass each day, but I can’t stop!! Jesus speaks to His disciples in such a comforting and powerful way about their life, about how they will live the days ahead, about how He will be able to guide them no matter what happens! Jesus is preparing them for His Ascension into Heaven, when He will no longer be with them bodily. He wants them to understand that they will not be left alone. But this was not something they would understand, until the Holy Spirit fell upon them at Pentecost. Only then would it all make sense!!
He tells them today:
Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “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. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (John 14:21-26)
Jesus’ words were vague because what He was describing was outside of the Apostles experience. The love of the Father, the love of the Son, the indwelling of the Father and Son in them, this was all beyond them. So Jesus simply told them they would have to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit would teach them everything they needed to know!!
Our Lady has also called us to seek the gift of the Holy Spirit, because we too cannot understand everything she tells us. She knows the Holy Spirit intimately. She was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit at the Annunciation, and she helped and guided the Apostles to receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. She will help us as well:
November 2, 2007
“Dear children, Today I call you to open your hearts to the Holy Spirit and permit Him to transform you.
My children, God is the immeasurable good and therefore, as a mother, I implore you: Pray, pray, pray, fast and hope that it is possible to achieve good, because from that good love is born.
The Holy Spirit will strengthen that love in you and you will be able to call God your Father. Through this exalted love, you will truly come to love all people and, through God, you will regard them as brothers and sisters. Thank you.”
We have a call, just like the Apostles had a call. It is the way of love, the way of truth, the way of the good. And the Holy Spirit alone, can teach us our personal way of love. He will show us in our particular circumstances how to live the good, to live God’s love. We need the Holy Spirit, every day, every moment! Pray, pray, pray, fast and hope to achieve the good!! This is the way!!
Mother, please pray for us to receive the Holy Spirit!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!