The Gospel this Sunday “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:12-15)
Pope Benedict on Sept 21 2010 wrote “Ever since The Church received the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost she has never tired of making known to the whole world the beauty of the Gospel as she preaches Jesus Christ true God and true Man. The same Yesterday, Today and Forever who by his death and resurrection brought us salvation and fulfilled the promise of old. Hence the mission of evangelization, a continuation of the work desired by the Lord Jesus, is necessary for the Church: it cannot be overlooked; it is an expression of her very nature….Making my own the concerns of my venerable predecessors. I consider it opportune to offer appropriate responses so that the entire Church, allowing herself to be regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, may present herself to the contemporary world with a missionary impulse in order to promote the New Evangelization.”
Like the word ‘impulse’ see the word pulse. Some times we can wonder if we are more dead than alive…Have to Check if we have a pulse. The Holy Spirit gives us a ‘Pulse’ Pope Paul VI said “The Holy Spirit is the origin and the goal of the Evangelization.” Jesus said in the Gospel about the Holy Spirit “He will speak what he hears. He will glorify me. He will take what is mine and declare it to you.” The Holy Spirit bring us to Jesus. St Gregory writes “Oil appears to flow continually over their head. The Oil that is the Spirit of Truth, guarding and preserving them from all harm of sin.”
Second Reading “The Love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” St Augustine says “He who sees Charity see the Trinity.” The very love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. “The complete Trinity dwells in us.” (R.P Philippon)
St Elizabeth of the Trinity writes “God dwells with you. Do not leave Him so often . It is wonderful to recall that, except for the vision of seeing God. We posses God as all the Saints in Heaven do. We can surely be with Him always and no one can take Him us away from Him. He dwells in our souls.”
St Elizabeth of Trinity writes “May nothing be able to trouble my peace or make me leave you, O my unchanging God, but may each minute bring me more deeply into your mystery! Grant my soul peace. Make it your heaven, your beloved dwelling and the place of your rest. May I never abandon you there, but may I be there, whole and entire, completely vigilant in my faith, entirely adoring, and wholly given over to your creative action.”
I love image of asking God to make our Soul Your Heaven. Making our Soul Your beloved dwelling.
Think about it by Virtue of the Holy Spirit dwelling in your soul. Your Soul is another Heaven. The same Trinity that we will see and experience in Heaven already dwells in our Soul.
Prayer for the day
Oil of The Holy Spirit
Be poured over my head
Preserve me from all harm of sin