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."
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.
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 strong style="color: #990000"ly 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?
Conversation with 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.