The world is craving for peace. In today’s gospel (Jn 14:23–29), Jesus tells His disciples that the peace that He gives is not the peace that the world offers. The reason why so many of us are “troubled” and “afraid” is because too often we, the followers of Christ, are yet to understand the meaning of this gift of peace. As well as the peace that Jesus gave to us, He promised that God would send the Holy Spirit to be our teacher, counsellor, helper, comforter, consoler, advocate.
The Holy Spirit is a gift given to us by the Father. Carl Olson quotes St Thomas Aquinas, “A gift is freely given and expects no return. Its reason is love. What is first given is love; that is the first gift. The Holy Spirit comes forth as the substance of love, and Gift is his proper name.”
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