Gospel Reflection- Mysteries of Faith
In Jesus’ farewell to his disciples he says, “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.” It is clear that Jesus is teaching his disciples in stages. Like every good teacher, Jesus knows that we can only digest so much information at a time. The original disciples had to learn to walk before they could run, and that goes for us too.
We are all at different stages in our journey of faith, but that journey should never become static. “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.” Jesus implies that we will be ready to learn more at some future date and he is leaving us the Spirit of truth to guide us towards revelation. In the face of great mysteries, it is tempting to give up and leave theology to the great academics; but we are reminded that God has revealed truth to all sorts of people from small children to acclaimed philosophers, and from simple fishermen to learned theologians.
God is a sympathetic teacher, but we have to play our part and be willing students. As adults it isn’t good enough to rely on the faith we developed at school. There was nothing wrong with the faith were given as youngsters of course, but it’s time to develop our thinking and stretch our understanding. In an age of improved communications, discussion groups, television, competitive publishing and the internet, there’s not much excuse for us to cease growing in intellect or spirituality.