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Today's Good News: Humility is necessary to be teachable and transformable.

Good News Reflection

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
June 16, 2019

Today's Saint Quote: Saint Francis de Sales

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner...

Today’s Prayer:

Immerse me, Lord, in Your Spirit's waters, and may Your love and power penetrate deep inside of me. I want to be a new creation in You. Amen.

Today's Readings:

Proverbs 8:22-31
Ps 8:4-9 (with 2a)
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:

What answers are you waiting for?

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What don't you know that you hope God will reveal to you? What have you been asking Jesus to tell you that is still unanswered? What teaching of the Church don't you understand or agree with? In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus explains that there is more he'd like to tell us but we can't handle it yet.

Why aren't we ready for it? Because we have to first let the Holy Spirit prepare us. We have to let God transform something within us, and until we surrender to that process, the truth is more of a burden than a blessing, which we readily reject.

Everything that Jesus said and did came from the Father through the Holy Spirit. God gave us that same Spirit, that same Wisdom, that same Truth, but the gift is useless unless we submit to the Spirit's purifying activity.

Of the Trinity, it's the Father who forgives sins. It's Jesus who delivers the forgiveness. And it's the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us and empowers us to go and sin no more.

In the confessional, the priest is the presence of Jesus and the whole Body of Christ (the Church). Absolution is an action of his Holy Spirit, but it's more than just the removal of guilt; it replaces the sinful vice with the virtue that will help us avoid that vice in the future. The Sacrament of Confession is a direct contact with the Holy Trinity who embraces our repentance and transforms us to increase our holiness.

To receive this grace, we only have to be open to it and interested in cooperating with God. Humility is necessary to be teachable and transformable.

The unanswered questions in our lives become personal revelations when we earnestly seek to do the Father's will in unity with Jesus while growing in holiness through the in-dwelling presence of his Holy Spirit.

Questions for Personal Reflection:
Write a list of questions you have for Jesus. What do you have trouble understanding? After making the list, ask the Holy Spirit to become your Teacher. Ask Jesus to help you become teachable.

Questions for Family & Community Faith Sharing:
What gift of the Holy Spirit do you find most helpful in guiding you through life's difficulties? How does it help you to figure out and/or do the Father's will?

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