Friday, May 3, 2013

The Holy Spirit knows what a particular age's most pressing need is far better than men with their "programs."

He pours light into our minds, arouses our desire and gives us strength... 
As the soul is the life of the body, so the Holy Spirit is the life of our souls.- St. Peter Damian

Gospel text: (Jn 14:6-14)
Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, 
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. 
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.
And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

Do we still believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available for ordinary Christians today?

Jesus' answer to the Apostles in today’s gospel is also intended for all of us. Saint Josemaria Escrivia would say, when commenting on this text: «‘I am the way, the truth and the life’. With these unmistakable words the Lord has shown us, which is the path that leads to eternal happiness (...). He points it out for all men, but especially He emphasizes it for those who, as you and I have told him, decided to take seriously our Christian vocation».

These ordinary folks were witnesses to the Resurrection 2000 years ago. So are we - you and me - right now.

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