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)
Authentic spiritual warfare can be pictured this way: In our world and in each of us there’s a fierce battle waging, a war between good and evil, and these are the contestants: Hatred is battling love; anger is battling patience; greed is battling generosity; bitterness is battling graciousness, jealousy is battling admiration; choosing to remain in our woundedness is battling healing; holding on to our grudges is battling forgiveness, ego and narcissism are battling compassion and community; and self-hatred is in a bitter battle with the acceptance of love and God’s unconditional embrace. There is the real war that’s going on, in our world and inside each of us.
But we are not fighting this battle alone. The Holy Spirit is with us to guide us, and inspire us and to heal us. We have Jesus’ assurance of this in today’s Gospel, “The Spirit of truth will guide you to all truth.” So, let’s pause and consider,what particular grace will I ask from the Spirit today?
Fr Michael Smith, sj