Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bolton

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Cycle C

Sixth Sunday of Easter

 

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 John 14.23-29

“The Holy Spirit will remind you of all I have said”

Once again we listen to words that Jesus spoke during the Last Supper. Jesus is going to the Father and will no longer be present to his followers in the same way. But he urges “do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid”, for his presence in the world is not ending but taking on a new form. Henceforth he will be with his disciples through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. His own life had been filled with the presence of the Spirit – by whom he had been conceived, marked out at his baptism and led through the desert temptations; in whose power he had inaugurated and carried out his ministry, and finally been raised from the dead.

And now he promises that in his name the Father will send that same Holy Spirit to be our Advocate, our Comforter, Helper, Guide and Strength. The Greek word Paraclete, used in the original text, contains elements of all of these meanings, to which Jesus will point in subsequent passages. But in today’s text, Jesus indicates especially the role of the Spirit in guiding us in our search for truth and understanding, in building up our faith: “The Holy Spirit will remind you of all I have said”

Jesus is the incarnate Word of God. In him God has said all He wants to say to us. To know Christ is to know God. The Holy Spirit will enable us to recollect all that Jesus did and said, and to discover and understand the full significance of Jesus. Indeed, the Spirit will teach us all things, leading us individually and as Church ever more deeply into the truth of God. There is no room here for minds and hearts that are closed. We need to be open to the gift of the Holy Spirit, attentive to his presence and to his silent voice in our heart and conscience. It is not by our own resources, but only by the power of the Holy Spirit, that we can know the mind and will of Christ.