THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL TEACH YOU EVERYTHING
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL TEACH YOU EVERYTHING.
(Scripture ReflectionJohn 14:26)
"But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
Have you observed how small, school-going children look up to their teachers? They obey and do anything that their teachers ask them to do.
So also in today’s Gospel, Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit – a divine teacher whom he has gifted to us. The Spirit teaches us about Jesus (Focus). And once he has imparted this knowledge, he is willing to help us implement it in our lives.
What is it the Holy Spirit wants to impart?
Jesus says that whoever loves him will obey his teachings (Jn 14:21). And Rom 12:9-21 very aptly tells us how to apply his teachings in daily life. First, we need to be joyful and serve the Lord with devotion. Next, in our interactions with others, Jesus wants us to sincerely love and respect them. At our workplace, we need to work diligently. When faced with difficulties, we must be patient and remain in prayer. We should share the joys of others and sympathize in their sorrow. Jesus also wants us to be generous with the less fortunate, just as he was. He asks us to lead peaceful lives – not to repay with revenge and hatred, but to pray for our enemies. In this way, we will conquer evil with good.
Fruit: The Holy Spirit teaches me to be a true Christian. But… am I open to his teachings?