Homily for Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter Year A
Theme: The Holy Spirit: Voice of our Conscience.
By: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Tuesday, May 28 2019
Read Acts 16:22-34,
Psalm 138 and John 16:5-11
“And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer.” (John 16:8-10)
In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus continues his teaching about the Holy Spirit. Already, we have learnt that the Holy Spirit is the Counsellor, the Teacher, the one who reminds us of God’s words, the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, the Helper.
In addition to all of these, Jesus today mentions that the Holy Spirit is also the Voice of our Conscience in that the Holy Spirit is the one who proves how wrong we are about sin, righteousness and judgement. That is, the Holy Spirit touches our hearts makes us aware of our sinfulness as well as our unrighteousness.
If you have ever sincerely felt bad about something you did or didn’t do when you ought, then you have heard from the Holy Spirit. Strive to obey that voice because the less you follow its promptings, the less you hear from Him. There are persons who have not only killed their conscience, they have made their hearts so hostile to the presence of the Holy Spirit that they just live as if there is no God.
If the Holy Spirit convinces us of our sins, it means he also inspires us to do what is right. Learn to listen to the Holy Spirit deep inside your heart. This is why spiritual masters recommend a daily practice of meditation, a moment of total silence so as to hear that still small voice.
Even in moments of persecution, call on the Holy Spirit and he will tell you exactly what you must do. In our first reading, Paul and Silas found themselves in Prison for doing the work of God, rather than fall into despair, they burst into singing. They prayed, they sang and the Holy Spirit came down.
God who did not prevent them from being beaten and thrown in prison became moved when he heard them pray and sing. He not only freed them from prison, but He also brought about the conversion of the chief jailer instantly.
Sing: “The Steadfast Love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, new every morning, great is your faithfulness. O Lord.”
Let us pray: Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and enkindle in us your Sacred Fire. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 6th week of Easter. Bible Study: Acts 16:22-34, Psalm 138 and John 16:5-11).