May 7 – Monday
Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Reading: JN 15:26—16:4A
When the Counselor comes, the Spirit of truth
Did you ever think of the Holy Spirit as a lawyer? Well, that is what Jesus calls Himself: “When the Advocate comes whom I shall send…”
Being a Christian is tough business. It is a dirty world out there and you are going to need all the help you can get. It won’t be through your efforts alone that you can live as a faithful Christian. You will need to cooperate with God’s grace, but in the end it is the Holy Spirit who is the agent of mission. When a Christian takes his place in the world, he must be prepared for an ordeal.
Satan hates us with a vengeance and will do anything to dissuade, disappoint and destroy the followers of Jesus. A trial awaits us, whereby good and evil are fought in a daily battle. We need an aid, a counselor and an advocate. He will stand beside us as a steady witness, guiding us in wisdom and truth. This is why we find in the Gospel the encouraging words of Jesus. Be strong. Be wise. Be faithful. Jesus is telling the disciples now so that, when the time comes, they won’t be so shaken.
How often do we fall into the temptation of giving false witness when the Spirit is one of truth? How often do we cover it up with “white lies”? A lie is a lie, a false witness and dishonesty. How often do we try to excuse ourselves from dishonesty, convincing ourselves that it doesn’t really matter? ….. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL
Lord, help us to live a life of honesty and integrity. Give us your strength to get rid ourselves of the habit of lying and being deceitful. We ask forgiveness for the times we have given false witnesses to others, to ourselves and to God. Amen