Sermons and Talks

Words to Live by – Spirit of Truth

The Gospel on Sunday June 16 was from John 16, and was about Jesus telling his disciples about the holy spirit coming to them: “…when the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.” 

The reading from Romans 5 speaks of “boasting in our sufferings” knowing that “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit…” Rev. Dr. Elizabeth said this was not an automatic response to suffering, remembering those who like she had lost their fathers on this father’s day. She spoke of the mystery of the Trinity and asked how we celebrate this aspect of God “rooted in his nature” especially the Holy Spirit which we don’t really understand. Christ was an advocate as in John’s Gospel of the Holy Spirit of truth. Christ departed the world but the Holy Spirit came to “make right all wrongs”.

The truth is that God is love and out of death comes life. The Trinity can be seen as creator God, created Jesus and presence – the Holy Spirit. God is a God of relations. We want to figure it all out but if it wasn’t a mystery we would not need religion. All the multiple ways we are and who we are is also a mystery. “But God is in us through the Holy Spirit of truth. If we take the journey inward, we arrive to God in us, the place of our wholeness. We are people of sacrament, outward signs of inward and spiritual grace. We are the love of God in action.”   

Submitted by Patrick Gossage