Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason, I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” Jn 16:12-15
“But when, the Spirit of truth comes” – This is an unusual promise. It is necessary, however, because the Spiritual Peace, offered to the disciples, would not come without effective help, because, as Jesus gently warned the apostles, they are “not strong enough.” Why do they need this strength? They need strength to accept the whole truth. This truth is not easy to digest, we can suspect. The Acts of the Apostles show exactly that with sincere realism.
‘We will listen to you about this next time’, said the wise Athenians, when St. Paul began to talk about the Resurrection. Truth is still difficult to digest today, even though we have been witnessing to it for two thousand years. How could we possibly have convinced sceptics throughout the generations, if we were not convinced of this Truth ourselves? This is only possible because the Holy Spirit was with them and is with us. And as much as the Holy Spirit does not talk on His own, we also have to be the spokesmen of the Holy Spirit. We can be authentic only this way.
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – 16.06.2019
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