Sighs too deep for words
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.
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.