United in the Truth
We belong to Jesus, who loves us. He prayed to His Father that we might be united in our witness to His Gospel. Jesus prayed for us! Yes, he did. Isn’t that exciting and reassuring? Jesus prayed that we are “consecrated in the truth” It's when we are united in proclaiming the truth of the Gospel that we can bear witness effectively in the world. We will not live away from the world; we must live in the world. The world does not offer the truth; the world is full of false notions about life, and unwary believers could get lost in them. The life and teachings of Christ are the embodiment of the truth. Christians are set aside in the world to spread this truth.
How do we keep the world in the truth? What guarantees truth? We can steer the world in the path of truth when we know the truth and present it as a united church. United in the proclamation of truth is the effective way to bring the saving grace of Jesus to the world. The Holy Spirit, the Advocate, He is the one who guarantees the truth and its effective proclamation in words and deeds. We need the Holy Spirit to know the truth, abide in the truth, and share the truth with the world.
Let’s pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We need to have a living experience of the Holy Spirit. So often, we do not think of the Holy Spirit the way we think of Jesus. We hardly imagine Him as a person. Yet, He is a person. He is the one who will help us come alive and increase enthusiasm for the faith and inspire us to share the truth of the faith with the world. The church invites us to pray the novena to the Holy Spirit as we prepare for Pentecost, the Church's birthday. I invite you to join the ongoing Novena to the Holy Spirit for a new Pentecost. Our Church is divided, not united. Our Church sometimes appears to be short on proclaiming the unadulterated truth of the Gospel. We need the Holy Spirit. We also need Jesus in the Eucharist.
In this light, our parish intends to have a public procession with the Eucharist on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 6th. Please mark your calendar. It would be one of the significant ways to bear witness to the truth of our faith as one family. Our community needs Jesus more than ever.
Come, Holy Spirit!
Fr. Bernard, OP