Today's Gospel: John 15:26—16:4A
Jesus is talking to the Apostles during the Last Supper, and He says He will send the Advocate, the Spirit of truth, who will testify about Him. He is already encouraging His closest friends to be strong, because very difficult times are coming. They shall not be afraid because the Holy Spirit will be with them. He said everything in advance, so when the time comes, they would remember.
The Apostles must have been very confused by this talk and were feeling sad. But when this promise came true, during Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came, they were filled with joy, with hope, with strength to face all adversities and spread the Gospel.
This promise was made not only for the Apostles, but to all of us. We receive the Holy Spirit in our baptism, then in our confirmation, but we can ask for His gifts everyday. Every time we feel weak, powerless, persecuted, we should ask for the powerful help of our Advocate. He will speak for us, defend us, be our guide during all the life's trials. We should not be afraid.
We must learn how to listen to the Holy Spirit, try to see His messages in our daily lives. In order to do that, we need time in silence and time in prayer. Even 15 minutes every day can make a real difference in our lives, if we stop and concentrate in prayer, asking for the light of the Holy Spirit. We can ask for help in our temporal needs, but the most important thing is to ask to learn how to love God above all things.
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Do I ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to guide my everyday decisions?
Come Holy Spirit, fill my heart and kindle in it the fire of your love.
Copyright 2020 Flávia Ghelardi
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Flávia Ghelardi is the mom of four, a former lawyer already "promoted" to full time mom. Flávia published her first book FORTALECENDO SUA FAMÍLIA and is a member of Schoenstatt´s Apostolic Movement. Flávia loves to speak about motherhood and the important role of women, as desired by God, for our society. She blogs at www.fortalecendosuafamilia.blogspot.com.