THE HOLY SPIRIT, OUR TEACHER
Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Scripture Readings: Acts 17:15, 22-18:1; Psalms 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14; John 16:12-15
My dear encountered couples:
Since his resurrection, Jesus had been with his apostles and disciples for about forty days, telling them and explaining to them many things they had not yet heard. He still hadn’t covered everything, but the time had come for him to leave them. He would be ascending into heaven.
However, Jesus reminds them that when the Spirit comes, the Spirit will guide them to all the truth. He tells them that the Spirit will speak to them about the things that will come in the future. Then Jesus not only foretells his departure, he says that in the future he will return but in a new and different way! He also promised to send them the Holy Spirit who would be their teacher and continue their lessons.
We have that same teacher. We should not allow ourselves to forget the Holy Spirit in us who is always trying to teach us and help us understand more about life and God. We should think of him and speak to him often, and, of course, listen to him.
Just as Jesus reassured his disciples, Jesus also reassures us. Today he also is telling us, that he not only will come to us but he already is among us! Jesus comes to us in the breaking of the bread! And when we, his followers, are gathered together, Jesus is with us and among us!
Do we recognize Jesus with us? Do we experience his presence, his love, his grace? Today may our minds and hearts be awake and alert to his coming! We don’t want to miss him! What a loss that would be!