Jn 15:26–27; 16:12–15 (or Jn 20:19-23)
Jesus said to his disciples, “From the Father, I will send you the Spirit of truth. When this Helper has come from the Father, he will be my witness, and you, too, will be my witnesses, for you have been with me from the beginning.
I still have many things to tell you, but you cannot bear 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.
READ: The first reading describes the coming of the Spirit like tongues of fire that filled the gathered community, making them speak what our Savior does in different languages. The second reading tells us that with the coming of the Spirit every member of the community is boosted by the gifts coming from one and the same Spirit. The varied gifts bestowed on them are not a source of competition but they are to be put at the service of unity. The gospel also illustrates the coming of the Spirit, described as a Helper who will guide and make known the whole truth.
REFLECT: What are the profounder causes of disunity in our families or communities? Envy and jealousy? What happens usually is that instead of humbly putting the good qualities at the service of others, those good qualities are being used for personal vested interests. The Spirit of Truth will guide and teach us towards communion and love. Now, am I truly contributing to the welfare of my family or am I adding to the problems of my family?
PRAY: Lord Jesus, you left us physically but the Spirit of your love remains deep within us. Our present world is beset with war and conflicts; our families are prone to misunderstanding and separations. Grant us the enlightenment and wisdom we need to overcome our ill feelings towards each other and illuminate in us the brightness of your immeasurable goodness and charity. Amen.
ACT: Reconsider again a reconciliation with the person or persons whom you are not in good terms for some time…Bridge the gap among conflicting groups or individuals or sister.
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