May 17th, 2023

The Gospel According to John 16:12-15

“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.

Reflection: John’s Gospel gives us a lot of food for thought. We have the disciples trying to process everything Jesus is telling them-and Jesus is teaching them directly, while trying to prepare them for when He is no longer with them- when they will have to live His message without His physical presence.

They ask good questions-questions we may think are good to ask. Jesus is not an ineffective teacher- we are just sometimes a little slow to catch on. It’s like Jesus is saying, “Come on, now! You know this. I’ve taught you this. We have been through this before, you and I”. 

Until Jesus returns, He assures them and us that the works of God will continue. “The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.” (John 14:10). What is the work of the Father? It is this. The Father sent Jesus to reveal who God really is. God is love who restores, heals, and saves souls. Jesus used many miracles to prove His love for us when we need it the most. God is still at work to restore and repair our brokenness. Miracles are supernatural events that come from God; I like to think of them as a ‘wink’ from God. I have been blessed to have experienced and been a witness of such miracles, have you? If you haven’t, be alert and ready because God may use you to be His miracle!

Action of the Day: Today let us ask, in our prayers, for Jesus to help us to grow in our gratitude for the gift of faith and the union that we share with the Holy Spirit who helps to guide us in our everyday lives. And to also help us as we imitate the grace of patience and generosity with everyone that we encounter every day.

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