I must admit, I am not very comfortable with spirits. God the Father, God the Sonâ€”these are concrete realities that show up on mountaintops, write on stone tablets, and die on wooden crosses. But the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Wisdom? I have a hard time understanding.
Thankfully I donâ€™t have to understandâ€”the Spirit itself brings that. As Jesus says in the Gospel reading, the Spirit â€świll guide you in all truth.â€ť But as he goes on to say, this truth is not a truth that the Spirit has on its ownâ€”it is a truth that comes from the Father and the Sonâ€”it is a truth held in the consensus and community of the Trinity that we worship.
I find it striking that in all three of our readings for this Sundayâ€”Proverbs, Romans, Johnâ€”the Spirit comes to a community. In Proverbs the Spirit of Wisdom cries out â€śTo you, o people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.â€ť In Romans, Paul speaks of faith by which â€śwe are justifiedâ€ť and speaks of the love of God having been â€śpoured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.â€ť Read more