Wednesday 11 May 2021


Sighs too deep for words

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Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come. He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.

From John 16:12-15

Reflect

I love a good TV quiz show, and often marvel at the knowledge that other people have of the world. Sometimes, though, I wonder why some people put themselves forward as contestants bemused as I am by their perceived ignorance of simple things. Perhaps, ,though, it’s more accurate to say that I’m bemused they don’t know what I know, which is rather limited! The truth is that we all know some things, not all will know the same things, and no one knows everything!

Jesus had spent several years with his disciples, taking them aside from his other followers, opening up to them the mystery of God’s kingdom. Sometimes, though, they just don’t understand. Here, as he prepares them for what is to come, he tells them that the Spirit will lead them into all truth. He won’t fill their minds with facts and figures about the universe, they won’t suddenly get a full score at the local pub quiz, and their head won’t be filled with answers to every conceivable general knowledge question.

As the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary making Jesus present in her life, so the Spirit overshadows us, showing us Jesus, drawing us closer to him, making him present in our lives. Indeed, St Paul even says that when we pray it is not us who prays but the Spirit who prays in us “with sighs too deep for words.” There is a very real sense in which “knowing” transcends words or facts or figures. It is about having a sense of alertness and perception. It is something which involves the heart as well as the mind. It is about being drawn closer to Jesus, the Word of God, the eloquent expression of who God is and what we are called to be.

Pray

Lord God, open our hearts to accept your Holy Spirit that he may show us Jesus, and lift our hearts and minds to the truth of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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