Scripture: 1st Reading: Acts17,15,22-18,1; Resp. Psalm: Ps148,1-2,11-14; Gosp. Accl.: Jn14,16; Gospel: Jn16,12-15
The spreading of the message of salvation is the responsibility of all believers. Paul, having been maltreated in Philippi for the sake of Christ's name, went to Athens to preach the good news. Paul declared to the Athenians that God could no longer be worshipped by turning to images of things He made.
To set us free, God appointed His Son Jesus Christ and sent Him into the world. The Son of God did His Father's will and became obedient unto death, but God raised Him up as leader and guide. Though some no longer came back and actually left Paul when he mentioned the resurrection from the dead, some of those people attached themselves to him.
Paul revealed to the people of Athens the truth concerning the only Son of God. Our Lord Himself had promised those who followed Him the Spirit of truth would guide those who believed in Him to the whole truth. The Spirit would speak on the authority of the Son and declare the things that were to come.
The Spirit whenever He came would glorify Jesus, the Son of God, take what was belonged to Jesus and declare it to those who believed in Jesus. The Holy Spirit would therefore bear testimony to Jesus and confirm His work to believers.
We are in expectant waiting for the coming of the Spirit. The Spirit will reveal Jesus to us, teach us, mould us, change us to the persons that Jesus the Lord wants us to be. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us into the full truth. May our Expectations not be dashed. May the Spirit make our hearts and souls His dwelling place.
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.