I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. Why? Were the disciples simply not the sharpest tools in the shed, or were they overwhelmed with all that Jesus had taught them? Today’s first reading gives us the answer with Paul preaching to the Athenians. He has preached extensively on God the Father, and then he tells them that God has established a day on which he will judge the world with justice through a man he has appointed, and he has provided confirmation for all by raising him from the dead. They scoff at Paul over the words raising him from the dead. It was too much to take in.
We have all been overwhelmed by too much information; I turned the evening news off last night. The newscaster had nothing new to report, and I did not want to hear about the rise in Covid, the atrocities of the Ukraine war, or the Supreme Court leak, so I opted for a sitcom.
In the gospel reading, Jesus is wisdom, truth, and light. They had been through countless teachings, miracles, passion, death, and resurrection, and Jesus understood. They had the knowledge; now, Jesus had to get them out of their heads and into their hearts. Jesus tells them: But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.
In the sacraments, we find our truth through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we open our hearts to the Spirit for guidance and understanding, our hearts are open to the scriptures, and the sacraments come alive, filling us with grace.
The Holy Spirit prays with us and groans with ineffable love. The kingdom of God is the interior rule of God within, while he rules over our intelligence with faith, over our heart through love. (The Life and Letters of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Volume 3)
For today, will you get out of your head and open your heart to the Spirit of truth?
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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