Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12-15)
Each one of us must face the truth about ourselves, about the world, about God. To do this we need to look inside and identify and distance ourselves from the impulses and addictions that drive our attitudes and actions. Thankfully, we are not left to tackle this most difficult task on our own. Through the Spirit of truth, Jesus continues to speak to us. But he can only help us if we seek that help. What particular grace will I ask from the Spirit today?
As a church, as a community, and as individuals we need the constant guidance of the Holy Spirit so that we remain faithful to the truth that Jesus gave to us and always open to understanding it more deeply so that we can pass it on to others with full integrity.
Scripture highlights the primordial struggle between good and evil, and this is generally been conceived of as a war, a spiritual battle.
But our faith assures us that Christ has vanquished and destroyed death, darkness, evil, the powers of hell, the powers of Satan, and various “thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers.” What, concretely, are these powers and how is Christ ultimately to triumph over them? How should we conceive the battle that’s taking place?
The spiritual warfare that is being described has to do the malignant grip of narcissism, greed, anger, bitterness, hatred, lust, grudges, and ignorance. These are the real “thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers” that oppose Christ and the struggle against them is the real battle between good and evil.
Fr Michael Smith, sj