From Pauses for Pentecost
When he, the Spirit of Truth, comes,
he will guide you into all the truth.
He will not speak on his own;
he will speak only what he hears,
and he will tell you what is yet to come.
We hear much today about fake news. As we watch the news on TV, read the newspapers, or catch up on the headlines on our mobile phones, we are never too sure if what we are hearing or seeing is true. However, this uncertainty about what is true extends far beyond the daily news. Think about some of the big questions we ask: Who is God? Who am I? How does God want me to live? There are plenty of answers circulating out there on the street. Which ones are untrue? Which can we trust? Deciding what is true with regard to these questions completely determines the ultimate shape of our lives.
As our Paraclete, the Holy Spirit comes to guide us into all the truth. Jesus himself says to his followers, “I am the way and the truth and the life,” (John 14:6). As the unique Son of the Father, he reveals the truth about what God is really like, the truth about who we are, and the truth about how God wants us to live. Some people of his day were drawn to this truth found in Jesus while many others resisted it and wanted to do away with him. Still today, announcing that the truth can be found in a person arouses powerful questions. After all, is it not the height of arrogance to suggest that the truth can only be found in one person?
Whatever your response to this astonishing claim made by Jesus, will you allow the Holy Spirit to be your guide? If yes, how? My suggestion is that you ask the Spirit some specific requests. Let me mention a few that you can address to the Holy Spirit. You can start praying: Please reveal to me the truth of who God is. Show me how much I am worth to my Creator. How do you want me to live? You can be sure that God’s Spirit will take your prayer seriously. Together, with countless others throughout history, you will discover over time and through your own experience that the Holy Spirit indeed does lead us into all truth.
Pray to the Holy Spirit the suggested words above as you go through your daily life. As you pray, make a serious commitment to God, stating that you desire to know what is true.