Educating for the Lived Gospel #106

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth (John 16:13)

How easily we can be caught up in our tasks, our responsibilities, our worries! At those times we forget about the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit who can guide us, encourage us, strengthen us – guiding us into the truth about ourselves, our world and God’s plan. We can fall into the trap of waiting for the ‘moment of revelation’. The truth has more frequently come to me on a ‘drip feed’. I think that is why the metaphor of journey to describe faith resonates so strongly with so many people. We have some direction, but we can take wrong turns. We have travelling companions – some for longer than others. Sometimes we glimpse the road ahead – but rarely our destination. I look back on my life’s journey – and thank God – and not just for the ‘highs’. ‘Our cups must be hollowed by sorrow so that they can be filled to the brim with joy’ (Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet).
 
Young people can want it all – right now! We can share some of our story, our journey with young people. This might reassure them that it is enough to have a direction and some companions for the journey, as it can all change without notice!
 
Have a great week!
Patrick

 

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