17 May, Wednesday — Timing and Truth

Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter

Acts 17:15,22-18:1
Jn 16:12-15

“I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now.”

Think of a time when God used you to bring timely words of advice someone. Or maybe an occasion when you wanted to speak, but decided that it was better to remain silent on an issue and speak about it at a later date. The Bible teaches us that there is wisdom in not only discerning how much to say to others, but also when to say it. King Solomon in Proverbs 25:11- 12 compared appropriately timed and chosen words to be like apples of gold in settings of silver, and like fine jewellery; well-timed and well-chosen words are beautiful, valuable, and carefully crafted.

In today’s Gospel reading, we find Jesus exercising his judgment on how much to say to his disciples and when to say it. He tells them on the night of the Last Supper that he has many things to say to them. However, he is aware they would be too much for the disciples to take in at that time. After all, how could His disciples take in all about their Lord in one sitting, especially when they were in a
charged environment.

It is often hard to know what to say and when to say it. However, the Spirit will help us to speak the right words at the right time and in the right manner. This is the same Spirit who Jesus assures His disciples will come after his death and resurrection, and lead them to the complete truth. In other words, the Holy Spirit will lead us to Jesus who is the truth since Jesus is the revelation of God and God’s purpose for our lives.

How comforting it is to know that the Spirit has been sent to us as our advocate who will gradually draw us closer to both God the Father and the Son. Brothers and sisters, let us be open and encouraged to be led by the Spirit who will help us deepen our understanding of Jesus’ words and ways which lead to the complete truth; a truth that sets us free.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Stacey Fernandez)

Prayer: Jesus, I pray for the grace to be open to being led by the Holy Spirit which you have sent to guide me to you, the complete truth.

Thanksgiving: Jesus, I thank you for sending me the Holy Spirit as an advocate to walk alongside me and help me deepen my relationship with you.


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