6th Sunday of Easter

St. Pius X | News
19 May 2017

In the gospel today, what Jesus is intent upon doing is building up the shattered faith of his disciples for the work facing them after the resurrection.  Jesus did not leave the apostles to struggle with the Christian life without the help of his Spirit and he won’t leave us either, we have his word for this.  The outpouring of the Spirit was not reserved exclusively for those who lived in the time of Jesus.  The Holy Spirit is a real person who loves and cares for us and is our strength and encouragement in times of trial, just as much as he was for the apostles.   In the Holy Spirit, we have a helper and a comforter who makes Jesus present in each generation to every person in their individual situation.   But we need to remember, the Holy Spirit will not arrive unannounced or force an entry into any person’s heart.  Jesus can only free and save those who seek to be saved. We will receive the Lord’s spirit and grow in our awareness of Jesus only if we request it in prayer and follow the law of God by keeping the commandments.   What Jesus does invite us to, is to show our loyalty by remaining faithful.  Only those who are obedient in carrying out his will are capable of experiencing the fullness of the Spirit.  The gospel is not about easy victories.  In the struggle to build a better world we are his instruments charged with opening ears, eyes and hearts to what is good, true and beautiful in his kingdom.   If we are willing to place our lives in his hands, he will accept and bless them and make such use of them as will be beyond our greatest expectations.