Todays Reflections- 6th May 2013

Counselor

Posted: 06 May 2013 06:30 AM PDT

Today’s Gospel Text:  But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. John 16:5-11
Reflection: The limitation of human communication is evident, especially to those in serious business.  We have to sometimes get into mathematical precisions and codes in order to be more objective.
In spite of all the efforts the failure to make the other understand completely, so as to be understood the way it is intended, will always be there.
One requires great effort, understanding and equal amount of patience to communicate, especially to people who are out of their mind or slow to understand or people who have been normal and have suddenly gone bonkers.
To those who understand these limitations they could seek the grace and wisdom of God to go deeper and understand things more comprehensively. Even this process of seeking a clarification can be an irritant to those who communicate.
We have a similar situation in the gospel paragraph of today, wherein the disciples fail to understand the message of Jesus.
Even the most ordinary message is difficult for the disciples and thus we could say that the same holds true for all of us. Even the most intelligent among us would not fully understand what Jesus was communicating in the passage.
The dedicated disciples not only failed to ask Jesus where he is going but also how he is going; the process, which included the manner of death that he would have to undergo in order to go.
If they were sad, it was because Jesus talked about his going but they never really understood the manner of his going, what kind of death he would have to endure.
One thing is clearly evident, that in order that we may become better in understanding the mysteries of life more perfectly and objectively, he would send us the counselor, the Spirit of truth.
Anyone that does not need this counselor can be termed as self-conceited and having a false opinion about themselves.
Prayer: Open our eyes Lord to the wonders of your word and by your Holy Spirit working in us lead us to the truth of You.
DD = Dedicated Discipleship:  Come grow in the Lord with us

Bearing Witness

Posted: 06 May 2013 03:25 AM PDT

Today’s Gospel Text:   But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me; 27 and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning.
16 “I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. John 15:26-16:4a
Reflection: Every Christian is called to be a witness of Christ but the fact is that not all are witnesses of Christ Jesus.
What does it take to be a witness of Christ Jesus?
There are two things that are evident from the gospel in order to be a witness of Christ Jesus:
1) One needs to be having the help of the Holy Spirit to bear witness to Christ in their lives. (vs. 26)
In other words not just the Holy Spirit, which many claim that they have received in baptism but also his constant help and guidance, his witnessing quality to work in their lives.
The Holy Spirit constantly bears witness to Christ in us. It is an ongoing work which has begun in us in baptism and yet not if we do not allow him to speak to us about the Christ first revealed to us in his incarnation.
2) One needs to be with Christ (vs. 27)
In other words, seeking the company of the one who is with us as Emmanuel; which means seeking his face daily through prayer and in and through his sacramental presence so easily available to us.
It also means learning at his feet with the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts in the ways of Christ Jesus.
If one does that then there are signs that will accompany them to confirm their calling as witness. These sign s are not just miracles and healings but also persecution for the faith.
“They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.”  (vs. 16:2)
Let us ask ourselves in the light of the above: Are we witnesses of Christ Jesus and thus are we true Christians or are we pseudo-Christians?
Prayer:  Lord we know that we cannot bear witness to unseen realities without encountering them in our daily lives. Teach us to be guided by your Spirit of truth.
DD = Dedicated Discipleship:  Come grow in the Lord with us

About The Voice Of Bombay's Catholic Laity

Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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