Father John Doyle, LC
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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, as I begin this
prayer I offer you my whole self: my thoughts, desires,
decisions, actions, hopes, fears, weaknesses, failures and petty successes. I
open my entire being to you, aware that you know
everything already. I’m certain of your mercy and of the
purifying power of your penetrating, loving gaze.
Petition: Lord, allow me
to be sincerely and truthfully yours.
- My Truth Before
God: Jesus tells his apostles he has many more things
to tell them, but it seems that they are not
yet ready to accept the truth. They were not ready,
for one thing, to acknowledge the fact that in a
few short hours all of them would flee before the
prospect of the Cross, leaving Christ quite alone. I, too,
may find it hard to see, or to accept, a
realistic picture of my relationship with Christ or my state
of soul. I may justify myself or my indifference with
any number of psychological consolations. I might convince myself that
I am not quite as bad off as so-and-so. Perhaps
I put up an excellent external show, living all the
motions, but with little true conviction and sincerity.
Cheap Deceptions: In our consumer-oriented world, first impressions often seem
to count more than the goodness or evil of a
thing. Opinion polls appear to set the standard for right
and wrong, and a false idea of tolerance is a
highly held ideal. Truth can be seen as bluntly offensive,
and so it is repackaged in a more appealing way.
However, none of these attempts by the “spirit of the
world” can ever succeed in the end, just as no
amount of darkness can ever stop the smallest beam of
light. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world
declaring the truth loud and clear in the depths of
the human soul. Only the truth -- which comes from
Christ -- has the power to bring true peace and
joy to the human heart when all illusions are shown
up as such.
- Living in the Truth: As
Christians we must be on guard against the spirit of
insincerity. No one who lives outside the truth can claim
to be a disciple of Christ. Little falsehoods in our
lives are utterly destructive to the action of the “Spirit
of Truth” in our souls. Our Savior never spoke out
so strongly against anything as he did against the pretended
righteousness of the leaders of his time. How many things
have I done recently just to be praised by others?
How many good things have I done which are known
to God alone? Am I capable of standing firm to
my convictions in the face of misunderstanding or ridicule?
Christ: Jesus, the example of your life and death is
one of complete honesty. Empower me through the “Spirit of
Truth” to be sincere in all that I do before
God and others.
Resolution: I will ask forgiveness in the sacrament
of reconciliation at the first available opportunity for any insincerity
in my life.