The Spirit of Truth

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Come and See 52
6th Sunday of Easter
Acts 8: 5-8, 14 – 17
I Pet 3: 15 – 18
John 14: 15 – 21

 

Before Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, it was believed that the world ended not far beyond Gibraltar (Northern Spain’s border). The Spanish royal motto was “Ne Plus Ultra” means “There is no more here.” But when Columbus returned from the New World, the royal motto became, “Plus Ultra,” meaning “There is plenty more beyon.”[1]

I will take a risk to live faithfully in Poverty, Obedience, and Chastity until my death in order to bond with You, even in the unknown future.

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One of the dangers for our modern world is relativism. According to Benedict XVI, relativism “lets oneself be ‘tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine.”[2] Stopping going to church, ignoring the teachings of the Church, disrespecting the tradition are more or less the result of relativism. Each person possesses his or her god, doctrines, and tradition. The society turns into disorder and confusion; people like to do whatever they “feel right” to do. The standard of truth is no longer based on the Truth, but it is based on the “feeling alright;” the truth is judged by human feeling and intellect, not by the Holy Spirit. Undoubtedly, therefore, the world cannot accept the Spirit of Truth “because it neither sees nor knows it” (Jn 14:17).

In the Gospel today, Jesus’ words assure us that the Truth will remain with us because He never leaves us orphans. The divine sign that we are in God and God in us is to observe God’s commandments. In other words, the bond between God and us in our daily experiences reveals how much we remain in the Truth, the truth of God and the truth of oneself.

On May 22, 2011, the accident that took a beautiful life of a young sister Theresa Cecilia Thanh Huong, O.P. revealed the bond between her and Jesus. According to her writing on the date she took the vow, “Today, I prostrate myself [on the floor of the church] here in order to dedicate my unknown future…I will take a risk to live faithfully in Poverty, Obedience, and Chastity until my death in order to bond with You, even in the unknown future.”[3]

Lord, lead us to the Truth and help us to open to the Truth.

Br. Huynhquảng


[1] Brian Cavanaugh, T.O.R., The Sower’s Seeds (New York: Paulist Press, 2004), 86.
[2] Homily of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Dean of the College of Cardinals, Mass for the Election of the Supreme Pontiff, St. Peter’s Basilica, 18 April 2005. 

[3] http://brhuynhquang.org/?p=1818#more-1818
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