Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Exaudi me, Domine, vocem meam, qua clamavi ad te, alleluia: tibi dixit
cor meum, quaesivi vultum tuum, vultum tuum, Domine, requiram: ne avertas
faciem tuam a me, alleluia, alleluia. Dominus illuminatio mea, et salus
mea: quem timebo? Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat
in principio et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Christ is ascended into heaven! Alleluia! He has promised the gift of
the Holy Spirit, who will lead us into all the truth. The gift of truth
is fully accessible only in the Spirit of truth, and in knowledge of the
truth we most fully embrace the living triune God.
"When he proclaims and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus
calls him the "Paraclete," literally, 'he who is called to one's side,'
ad-vocatus. (Jn 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7) 'Paraclete' is commonly translated
by 'consoler,' and Jesus is the first consoler. (Cf. 1 Jn 2:1) The Lord
also called the Holy Spirit 'the Spirit of truth.' (Jn 16:13)" (CCC 692)
Together with the grace of the sacramental life, the knowledge of the
truth sets us free for life in God. The Holy Spirit is the first taste
of everlasting life, for in him we receive all the gifts of grace in this
life. (See also CCC 248 and 263.)
I look forward to meeting you here again next week as, together, we
"meet Christ in the liturgy",
Used with the permission of Fr. Cusick from his website.