The Spirit of Truth

In our gospel reading this weekend, Jesus continues to teach his followers about the Father’s plan to send the Spirit.  Jesus refers to the “Spirit of Truth” whom the Father will send and will reveal the truth about the things that are to come. Having just celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, our hearts are filled with that wonderful, life-giving Spirit of Truth that Jesus speaks to us about this weekend.

If you have ever sat down with a scientist, you probably discovered that science is based on truth. A scientist starts his work with a hypothesis and then sets out to prove the truth of that hypothesis through experiments. Ultimately, through trial and error, objective measurement, and interpretation of data, the scientist arrives at an objective truth. This truth is proven over and over again through the use of accepted scientific processes.

In the same way, we also work from a basis of truth. In our Christian lives we make statements about the truth of what we believe. The creed that we pray together at each Mass is our statement of truth. We believe all that we profess in the creed, because it is the truth of our faith that has been handed on to us by the Church over the ages. People of other faith traditions would argue various aspects of our creed, and they would do so from their own perspective of the truth. It is so important that we not only speak the creed, but also that we believe it and accept it as the truth of our lives.

Jesus said that the truth would set us free! In our world today, many people hold a relative truth that relates to their own perception of reality. We see this clearly in the disturbing laws being passed in some states around abortion. In our Catholic tradition, we believe that life begins at the moment of conception. We hold all life sacred and teach that all life should be reverenced and respected.  Those who favor abortion argue from a relative truth that is rooted and grounded in doing what “feels right,” without regard for the unborn human life that is vulnerable and in need of protection. When our truth is reduced to what we feel or think is right without consideration of God’s laws, we begin to create our own truth. While this may sound appealing to some, it leads us down dangerous paths as we have certainly seen with the abortion controversy.

Jesus makes a bold promise in our gospel this weekend:

“Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason, I told you he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”

It is difficult for us to imagine that Jesus really wants to give us everything! His love for each of us, as his children, is overwhelming. We cannot, in our wildest dreams, fathom the depth of God’s love for each one of us. In Jesus’ words this weekend, we hear that not only does he love us, but he wants to give to us all that the Father has given to Him.

This weekend, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. We remember that the Trinity dwells within each of us by virtue of our baptism. During this month of June, we conclude the Easter season with the celebration of Pentecost, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, and the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

This week, let’s take time to remember the promises of God, the love that enfolds us, and the truth that holds our lives together. And let us humbly ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide our lives in the truth that we are created in the image and likeness of God and held in the tender embrace of the Trinity every day of our lives. And let this Truth set us free!

God bless you,
Deacon Tim

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