(Acts 16:22-34; Jn 16:5-11)
Jesus announces the role of the Holy Spirit, not just to the believers called to witness, but to the whole world. “When He comes, He will convince the world of sin and righteousness and judgment.” Here the Holy Spirit takes the image of a judge against the sinful world. The presence of the Holy Spirit exposes erroneous conscience, dead conscience, and worldly conscience that does not believe in Jesus Christ, nor adhere to His words. The Counsellor helps us to discern properly what is right from what is wrong. Sinful ideals can be so compelling and convincing that those who hold on to them may not easily let go of the grip.
Thanks to the Holy Spirit who fastens our grip on Christ Jesus no matter the situation we find ourselves in. We see how Paul and Silas remained faithful to Jesus Christ despite being beaten severely with rods. It took the discerning power of the Holy Spirit to keep them gently seated in the prison after the earthquake while the doors were opened. This response of Paul and Silas so much influenced the jailer, who gave his life to Christ and was baptized, together with his household. “Then he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and he rejoiced with all his household that he had believed in God.” Like Paul and Silas, let us dispose ourselves to the Holy Spirit, the Counsellor so that we can discern properly, and lead a life that can influence others to salvation in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tuesday, May 11th, 2021.