Reflection from the ‘Soul institute’ from first reading today, The Holy Spirit will teach you

“As for you,
the anointing that you received from him remains in you,
so that you do not need anyone to teach you.
But his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and not false;
just as it taught you, remain in him.”

John Paul II wrote in his teaching ‘The Holy Spirit: Light of the Soul.’ “According to the Father of the Church and the majority of contemporary exegetes, this ‘anointing’ (Chrisma) signifies the Holy Spirit. St John even states that those who live according to the Spirit do not need other teacher: ‘As for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, so that you do not need anyone to teach you. But his anointing, teaches you about everything and this is true and not false; just as it taught you, remain in him.'(1 John 2:27)”

John Paul II states, “Christian, therefore, having receive the Holy Spirit, the anointing of Christ, possess in themselves a source of knowledge of the truth, and the Holy Spirit is the sovereign teacher who enlighten them and guides them…Even the Apostle Paul speaks of an understanding according to the Spirit which is not the fruit of human wisdom but of divine enlightenment…To this end, the Holy Spirit enlighten each one personally, to guide him in his conduct, by showing him the way to go and by giving him just a glimpse of the Father’s plan for his life…And if there is opposition between the spirit of the world and the Spirit of Go, Paul reminds Christian, ‘We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. (1 Cor 2:12) Unlike the ‘natural person’ the ‘spiritual person’ is sincerely open to the Holy Spirit, docile and faithful to his inspirations. (1 Cor 2:14-16) Thus, he habitually possesses the ability to make right judgments under the guidance of divine wisdom.”

In prayer, I have discovered a new ability to be taught by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives me new insights, and suggests new ideas and ways to act. Question, How can we be sure we are lead by the Holy Spirit and not our own spirit? A couple of ways. The Holy Spirit is faithful to the Church and her authority. But secondly, and maybe more importantly the Holy Spirit leads us to the cross. St Paul tells us to put on the mind of Christ. If we find ourselves thinking like the world. If we find ourselves acting the way the world acts, such as hurting others who hurt us. Than we can be sure that the inspiration comes from another source other than the Holy Spirit.

Prayer
Holy Spirit give me the mind of Christ.
Holy Spirit help me to think and act not as the world thinks and acts
But as Jesus thinks and acts.
Holy Spirit help me to accept and even love the cross of Christ.
Holy Spirit enlighten me to know and to be faithful to Jesus in every area of my life
Holy Spirit I beg you to give me the mind of Christ.

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