Monday, May 28, 2007

"But he that doth truth, cometh to the light" (John 3:21)

The question Pilate asked: "What is truth?" (John 18:38) has been answered in the Gospel by the One who says: "I am the truth" (John 14:6). But good news need to be shared with the whole world with the help of the Holy Ghost. During Pentecost we celebrate these two important events - descend of the Holy Ghost and evangelisation of the world. St Peter, the Prince of the Apostles has promptly promulgated on this day the good news about Lord Jesus Crucified and His Resurrection. The other Apostles soon followed his example. The Holy Ghost brought the Light into deep darkness of pagan world. The Light became clearly visible giving answers to old questions; who is man and who is God; what is time and what is eternity, what is suffering and what is death; questions that could not be answered properly before. The Gospel was like a lighthouse in the dark night showing the way to wandering ships - the sense of life; the purpose and way of life; the soul's eternity; the love towards poor, stricken by poverty and needs; decency of women and slaves; the value of virtue and evil of sin; the eternal reward and punishment. The result of the first teaching where astonishing, more than three thousand people were converted to Christianity and asking zealously: "What shall we do, men and brethren?" (Acts 2:37). We owe to the Holy Ghost's grace the reality that Holy Scriptures have been preserved through all the ages. Meditation on the Word of God should be a preferable choice to other reading. Moreover, indulgences are granted for spending a mere half an hour per day reading the Holy Scriptures, not studying, but reading and meditating on the Word of God. For the same Holy Ghost who inspired this book and preserved it for us is communicating with us this way. Let us remember: "that when you had received of us the word of the hearing of God, you received it not as the word of men, but (as it is indeed) the word of God, who worketh in you that have believed" (1 Thess 2:13).