Daily Reflection on the Gospel of Monday, May 6, 2024

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Today, in the Gospel, Jesus announces and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit: "When the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, he will testify about me" (John 15:26). "Paraclete" literally means "one called to the side of another", and is usually translated as "Comforter". In this way, Jesus reminds us of the goodness of God, for the Holy Spirit being God's love, He infuses into our hearts peace, equanimity in adversity and joy for the things of God. He makes us look at things above and join God.

Besides, Jesus also said to the Apostles: «And you must also testify» (Jn 15:27). To bear witness to it is necessary:

1º To have communion and intimacy with Jesus. This originates from our day-to-day behavior with Him: to read the Gospel, to hear His words, to know His teachings, to frequent His sacraments, to be in communion with His Church, to imitate His example, to fulfil His commandments, to identify Him in the Saints, to recognize Him in our brothers, to have His spirit and to love Him. It is a matter of having a personal and living experience of Jesus.

2º If it appears in our works our testimony is trustworthy. A witness is not only a person who knows something to be true but who is also willing to say it and live by it. What we experience and live by in our soul must be also transmitted beyond. We are witnesses of Jesus not only when we know His teachings, but - and mainly - when we want and make others to know Him and love Him. As the saying goes: «Words move people, examples compel them».

Pope Francis said: “I am grateful for the beautiful example given to me by so many Christians who joyfully sacrifice their lives and their time. This witness comforts and sustains me in my own effort to overcome selfishness and to give more fully of myself." And he added: «I especially want to ask you a testimony of fraternal communion that becomes attractive and radiant». This is always an enticing light.