MAY 20, 2020
JOHN 16: 12-15
I still have many things to till you, but you cannot hear them now. When he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into the whole truth. For he will not speak of his own authority, but will speak what he hears, and he will tell you about the things which are to come. He will take what is mine and make it known to you; in doing this, he will glorify me. All that the Father has is mine; for this reason, I told you that the spirit will take what is mine, and make it known to you.
POINT OF REFLECTION
The gospel of today is our absolute guide towards discipleship. Believing is about witnessing. No one can be called Christian without professing faith unto Jesus by way of proclaiming God’s word.
The works of the twelve disciples after Jesus crucifixion, were very difficult most especially among Pharisees and unbelievers other than the Jews. The risk was very high and entry discussion seems unproductive. But disciples ,most particularly, St. Paul boldly preach the Good News of salvation with no fear.
According to St. Thomas Aquinas “ truth has nothing to fear”. Disciples continued to do the preaching of the Good News for with them was the Holy Spirit. They have spoken the plain truth for the truth comes from the Holy Spirit. They did not even mind who would respond and who wouldn’t respond to this royal invitation . Jesus had told them, that the Father has chosen His own and that, what the Father has owned is equally owned by the son.
Preaching is searching for those who were out of the right way. It is therefore, a voice on the dessert for redirection unto the Father. The voice was the truth from the Holy Spirit.
Preaching before was physical. Preaching today could be both physical and virtual. The new tenor comes along with the new normal phenomenon by way of technology. Though our time was not their time, the God of yesterday is the same God today and tomorrow.
Preaching today and tomorrow cannot be in the same way as before but the truth will always be the truth throughout the ages with the Holy Spirit. Let us all hold to the fact that the “ the truth has nothing to fear”. Christian obligation is to speak for the truth from the Holy Spirit for the truth will set us free from the bandage slavery because of our sins.