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By Gayle Somers, Catholic Exchange, June 10, 2022

Gayle Somers is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Phoenix and has been writing and leading parish Bible studies since 1996. …

Jesus never used the word “Trinity,” yet today He describes why believe in it.

Gospel (Read Jn 16:12-15)

“Jesus said to 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.”  This is such a fascinating statement by Jesus.  It suggests that while He was still with the apostles, their ability to comprehend all that He was doing was limited.  Even if He had explained everything that was about to happen on the night of the Last Supper in detail, it would have been lost on them.  Instead, He tells them they would, at a future time, get the help they would need to absorb the truth of His life and work.  That help would come in the Person of the Holy Spirit, whose descent on the apostles we celebrated last week on Pentecost.  Because of the chronology of these events, and, perhaps, even because of the way Jesus speaks about them, we might get the impression that the Holy Spirit had a kind of separate work from Jesus that could only begin once Jesus had ascended to the Father.  Today, we learn why that is not quite right. …

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