The Spirit of your Father speaking through you

July 10, 2015 7:39 am

“When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (MT 10: 19-20)

An unusual promise: “do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say;” “we will be given.” Part of it is our role as witnesses of Jesus, but another is our Father’s care.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you to all truth and remind you of all I told you.” (Gospel Acclamation)

I am on the trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead

May 21, 2015 8:19 am

“Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees, so he called out before the Sanhedrin, ‘My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.’ When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the group became divided.” (ACTS 23: 6-7)

Our Lord is always our defender, but this doesn’t mean that He will appear personally whenever we need Him; sometimes He helps with His gift of wisdom or a brilliant strategy given by affiliation. Paul found the way in which he could survive still saying the truth and being the apostle of the most important truth of our faith. Paul found confidence in the same truth which is a basis for all our beliefs—Our Lord died for us and won our resurrection after death: “for our hope in the resurrection of the dead.”

“May they all be one as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that the world may believe that you sent me, says the Lord.” (Gospel Acclamation)

It is better for you that I go

May 12, 2015 8:40 am

“But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” (Jn 16: 7)

Better, because “the Advocate will come to us”—we are never abandoned, never forgotten and never left to our own, always protected, always assisted and always loved beyond imagination. We have to believe, especially when we are tempted to feel that we are alone, “it is better for you that I go… But if I go, I will send him to you.”

“I will send to you the Spirit of truth, says the Lord; he will guide you to all truth.” (Gospel Acclamation)

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