In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear Jesus tell the Disciples that, after He returns to Heaven, God will send them all the Holy Spirit. He explains that the Holy Spirit will be with them always, guiding them in making their decisions, helping them when they struggle and directing them in their travels as they spread God’s Word.
What’s lovely about this part of the Gospel is that the Holy Spirit isn’t just reserved for the Disciples – this gift from Our Lord wasn’t simply a one off event in history, rather, the Holy Spirit is there for all of us, ensuring that we too have the tools to live a life enveloped in God’s love.
In these uncertain times, the Holy Spirit is the strength that we can draw upon to make sure that our actions are always Christian. When we feel cross, or think unkind thoughts towards another person, it is the Holy Spirit that will remind us how to live in peace and love. When someone stands to close in the supermarket, or takes the last tin of beans, or if we just feel lonely and afraid, the Holy Spirit is there. That person who took the last tin needs our kindness, there will be something else we can substitute. The person who stands too close deserves our sympathy and love just as much as the next, we can always take a step back if we need.
When we stop, and change our reactions for a more kind, peaceful, loving response, we not only fulfil God’s will, but we instantly make ourselves feel better too. So, this weekend, as we read the Gospel, let us take a moment to invite the Holy Spirit to fill us, once again, with His love. Let us ask Him to guide us and let us open our hearts, fully, so that we may again be closer to God.
“If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
As we are not currently in school we cannot send a hard copy of The Wednesday Word but you can download a copy by clicking on this link. This is your chance to read the Gospel for the coming Sunday together as a family, in a child friendly format that includes activities and puzzles and ideas for discussion and prayer.