“The Spirit of truth…will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” Jesus says in today’s Gospel the Spirit declares something to us. We actually have a kind of share in the blessed life of the Trinity through this spiritual declaration. In particular, God gives us the gift of his truth. Today’s reading reminds us that truth exists, that it comes from God, and that we can know it, hear it, and live according to it. “But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.”
These days the very idea of truth is a touchy subject. Because there is so much focus on tolerance and not offending anyone, we tend to shy away from discussions about “absolute” truth. Instead, we hear a lot of talk about “what’s true for me” or “what’s true for you.” But truth does not change. Either Jesus is God, or he isn’t. The Holy Spirit helps us to convince us what is really right. But we needn’t fear that this will lead us to be intolerant. It is this same Spirit within us that brings the fruits of love, peace, patience, kindness, and generosity.
“In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. The Church…knows that her primary task, especially at a moment full of great hope and signs of contradiction, is to introduce everyone to the great mystery of God’s mercy by contemplating the face of Christ. The Church is called above all to be a credible witness to mercy, professing it and living it as the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ….From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly. It is a spring that will never run dry” (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus)…. Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
My homily at Mass this morning: 05.22.16 Trinity Sunday
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish