Gospel Reading and Thoughts for May 5, 2013

Gospel – John 14:23-29

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,Holy Spirit1
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.”


Thank you Sweet Jesus that you send your Holy Spirit to be with us here on earth!  I am definitely in need of an advocate, a teacher, a reminder of the Father!  I always feel so blessed to have the Holy Spirit in my life.  I feel like He is the one I talk to when I need some quick help.  Perhaps, a child asks a tough question that I don’t know the answer to or a friend is in need of a comforting word.  It is the Holy Spirit who I call upon to give me wisdom in my words and strength in my deeds.  He is here with us on earth and I know that even if my prayer isn’t answered in the way that I want it to be, the Holy Spirit will give me the strength I need and bring me closer to the Lord. 

The Holy Spirit is the one prompting you to say hello to that mom at pick up that you don’t really know.  The Holy Spirit is the one guiding you when your child asks why someone was mean to them.  It is the Holy Spirit who lifts you up when you are having a long, long day.  And it is the Holy Spirit that gives you strength through another child tantrum or impossible task.

Come Holy Spirit, renew the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.  And you shall renew the face of the earth.


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