Jesus assures his disciples they will not be left as orphans. He promises them awareness of his risen presence – in themselves, each other, in Church, Scripture, Sacraments and in the praying community, through the enlightening presence, teaching and action of the Holy Spirit. We will never have to face any trial alone, even death, if we walk with Jesus. He protects us from the Evil One.
His resurrection, in fact, changed the despair of the apostles to hope when they realized beyond doubt that he is the Son of God. “You will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:20). The indwelling Spirit of God nourishes us each time we receive the sacraments, each time we pray and each time we read the Bible.We need to be open to the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to help us grow towards maturity and wholeness. We all have faults that prevent our growth, faults of sin and imperfection, faults of childhood conflicts, faults due to deeply ingrained personality traits and habits, faults caused by addictions, and faults resulting from bad choices we have made.
We all have these faults within us and they keep us from becoming what God wants us to be. God, the Holy Spirit, helps us see the truth about ourselves, to discern the faults that inhibit our growth and to allow him to transform us. Like the good counselor he is, the Spirit enables us to become stronger. The Holy Spirit comes to our aid and gives us the strength to make difficult and painful decisions. If we listen we will hear the voice of the Spirit, counseling and guiding us in the way of truth. Let us open our minds to hear him and to obey his guiding grace.