Many of us are familiar with the television commercials that tell us, “But wait, there’s more!”.  Jesus has more for you too and you do not have to pay any additional shipping or handling charges.  More knowledge, more wisdom, more understanding, more love, and he wants them to be yours!

Jesus spoke to his disciples

When Jesus spoke these words to his disciples, he knew that they were anxious and worried about the future.   He had just told them that he was going away.  He also told them that after he had gone, the would experience increased opposition and persecution.  It was a lot to take in.  All that they had learned from Jesus and experienced for themselves seemed insufficient as they faced the prospect of life without him.

Encouragement is needed

Do you feel that way sometimes too?  We all face times when we wish Jesus were right here with us, guiding us as he once guided the apostles.   How encouraging then, is his promise that the Holy Spirit will guide us in the truth!

The next time you feel that way, close your eyes and listen as Jesus tells you, ” I may not be with you physically, but here is Someone who will keep speaking my words and revealing my love to you.  Listen to him.”

He is always teaching us

Of course, very few of us will hear something as clear as a voice ringing in our ears.  We will most likely experience the Spirit whispering in the privacy of our thoughts.

Perhaps today you will experience peace about a decision you are making.  That could be the Spirit.  As you consider a difficult situation or stressful conversation, you might suddenly think of a line from a hymn that lightens your heart.  That could be the Spirit.   A Scripture verse at Mass might strike you as something that could help one of your children.  That also could be the Spirit.  A friend might offer a word of advice that pierces your heart.  Again, that could be the Spirit.

You are a unique creation of God, and he will tell you “more” in ways that fit the way he made you.  Words, pictures, friends, feelings, there is no end to the ways the Spirit speaks!

word among us

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