From The Pastor’s Desk – May 19, 2024

More to Tell

Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He told His disciples, “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth” (Jn 16:12-13). Jesus had made major revelations to the disciples concerning the truth about God and the truth about our human life, and He was telling them that there was more revelation to come after He would return to Heaven.

This further revelation came to the Apostles by the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised to send from Heaven. Jesus had told His disciples: “I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (Jn 16:7); “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me” (Jn 15:26); “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name – he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (Jn 14:26).

It was the Holy Spirit who reminded the Apostles of what Jesus taught, who made known to the Apostles the further revelation Christ promised, and who inspired the Apostles with divine assistance to record this revelation in Sacred Scripture (cf. Catechism, 76.) The Church believes that the public revelation God made to the world came to a close with the death of the last Apostle, and no new public revelation is to be expected until the Second Coming of Christ (cf. Catechism, 66). “Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries” (Catechism, 66).

It is the College of Bishops, together with the Pope, who are the successors of the Apostles, and who make up the Magisterium of the Church, which is authorized by Christ and responsible for preserving and making explicit the divine revelation God made to the world. But is by the assistance of the Holy Spirit that the Magisterium fulfills this sacred task. As Vatican II taught, “This teaching office is not above the word of God, but serves it, teaching only what has been handed on, listening to it devoutly, guarding it scrupulously and explaining it faithfully in accord with a divine commission and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it draws from this one deposit of faith everything which it presents for belief as divinely revealed” (Dei Verbum, 10).

So, we owe a lot to the Holy Spirit, who guides the Church to all truth. On this great feast of Pentecost, we honor the Holy Spirit who helps the Church to know and preserve all the divine truth God has given to the world.