Father John Doyle, LC
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,
Petition: Lord, allow me to be sincerely
and truthfully yours.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.