”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.
”I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Have you ever had a moment when you knew that your faith was true? Everyone experiences doubts about their faith from time to time, which is normal since that is the nature of faith. But we also have moments when we experience a conviction that what we believe is true.
When I taught high school, in an attempt to assert their independence, some students would say that they would not believe in God until it could be empirically proven. I responded by asking them if they thought poetry was ever true? Did they think love was real? They acknowledged that those things do exist, but that the faith they were given as children didn’t work for them anymore. Of course it didn’t. Our faith lives are about being in relationship with Jesus, and what relationship stays the same forever?
St. Ignatius would say that we should always remember the moments in our prayer where there was consolation so that in times of desolation we might recall that we are present to God even if only sometimes.
Take a moment and recall when you have felt God’s presence. How might you savor these moments of consolation as you go forward in life?
Lord, as we experience our day, we will call upon our Advocate, the Spirit of truth. We need simply pray, “Come, Holy Spirit.” With confidence we turn to you and pray for the conviction to witness your truth. With profound gratitude we thank you for empowering us with the Spirit – our life force.
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