Scripture: 1st Reading: Acts17,15,22-18:1; Resp. Psalm: Ps148,1-2,11-14; Gosp. Accl.: Jn14,16; Gospel: Jn16,12-15
To the Supreme, eternal, omnipotent, all knowing, all loving God belongs all our praise, adoration, thanksgiving, honour, worship, obedience and submission of will, heart, soul and mind. This immense God decided to create man and enter into a relationship of love with humanity. His encounters reveal aspects of His nature, His being, preferences, commands, love, care and attention for humanity and creation.
He revealed His will in creation, through the patriarchs, judges, prophets, holy men and women of old. He revealed in the consciences of men and women to make known to them the path to follow. In the fullness of time, He sent His Son as the greatest and most perfect expression of Himself. In His Son, the Father auto-revealed Himself so that none of us can thereafter claim ignorance of what His sovereign will is all about.
This was the point St. Paul made at Athens in today's first reading. The word preached by Paul states that God is no longer unknown; God is the known God; in Him we live and move and have our being. This supreme and eternal God does not live in shrines made by man; He is not served by human hands as though He needed anything from man "since He himself gives to all men life and breath and everything." He has given to each man and woman the possibility to seek Him so as to find Him.
When men and women seek Him and find Him, God brings them closer to Him and leads them to heaven, His eternal abode. This is why no one can claim ignorance of His sovereign will again. This is why such claims will no longer be overlooked by God. This is the reason why He gives us the opportunity to repent and come back to Him to have our sins forgiven.
The Holy Spirit comes to the aid of believers who hold on to these truths and earnestly desire to put them into practise in their lives. This is the promise of the Lord to His disciples, that the Spirit would guide them into all truth. The Spirit would also speak whatever He hears from Jesus and declare to the disciples of the Lord, the things to come. The Spirit would glorify our Lord Jesus and declare what belongs to the Lord to the willing believer.
The God we serve is the known God. He continues to make Himself known even today to all those who seek Him with pure, clean and sincere hearts. He shows His closeness to us in the care and love He showers on us, unworthy though we are. This is why it is important to always seek Him so that we may find Him. As we commemorate the Ascension of the Lord into heaven tomorrow, it is our duty to extend to others, the goodness and mercy He has shown to us. It is our duty to make Him known to those who seek Him with sincere hearts. May He encounter us anew. May He fulfill the desires of our hearts. May no circumstance of life make us to depart from Him again.
Let us pray: "Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, as we celebrate in mystery the solemnities of your Son's Resurrection, so, too, we may be worthy to rejoice at his coming with all the Saints." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.