Posted by: frburke23 | May 7, 2013

Thought for Wednesday, 6th Week of Easter

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.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”


Jesus is trying to prepare His disciples for the future.  The time of His crucifixion is fast approaching and He is trying to assure them that they will be left in good hands – the Holy Spirit.  No matter how much Jesus tries to teach them, the disciples are having a difficult time understanding.  “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.”  What God was about to do was so far beyond their understanding.  You and I would have had a difficult time had we lived during Jesus’ time.

However, the Church was going to be guided for the rest of time by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth.  This should allow us all to sigh in relief because we are not alone.  The third person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit is with us, guiding us, teaching us, praying within us, inspiring us, convicting us of our sins.  The Holy Spirit has come among us for the same mission of Jesus – to carry out the mission of the Father.  The Spirit is not an independent contractor.  The Spirit is God among us.

Imagine the genius of God.  By being present among us in the Holy Spirit, God can be everywhere all the time.  Jesus, in His human nature, could only be in one place at one time.  That is why He said in yesterday’s Gospel, “But 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.”  In God’s wisdom, He has found the way to be present to us at all times.  And amazingly He resides deep within us.  What a mystery!  What a gift!

Take time today to call upon the Holy Spirit deep within you. 

Ask the Spirit to pray for you when you don’t know how to pray. 

Ask the Spirit to teach you and enlighten you when you don’t understand something about the faith or about the Scriptures. 

Ask the Spirit to help you see the same Spirit in every person you meet today.

I love the Holy Spirit prayer that we pray often in Cursillo and in other groups.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

God bless,

Fr. Burke



JUAN 16:12-15

Jesús dijo a sus discípulos:
“Aún tengo mucho más que decirles, pero no podéis con ello ahora.
Pero cuando venga el Espíritu de la verdad,
él os guiará a toda la verdad.
El no hablará por su cuenta,
sino que hablará lo que oiga,
y les anunciará las cosas que están por venir.
Él me dará gloria,
porque el tomara de lo mío y se los hará saber.
Todo lo que tiene el Padre es mío;
por esta razón les he dicho que tomará de lo mío
y se los hará saber. ”


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Jesús está tratando de preparar a sus discípulos para el futuro. El momento de su crucifixión se acerca rápidamente y Él está tratando de asegurarles que van a quedar en buenas manos – el Espíritu Santo. No importa lo mucho que Jesús trata de enseñarles a ellos, los discípulos están teniendo dificultades para comprender. “Aún tengo muchas cosas que decirles, pero no podéis con ello ahora.” Lo que Dios estaba a punto de hacer estaba más allá de la comprensión de ellos. Tú y yo hubiéramos tenido un momento difícil si hubiéramos vivido en tiempos de Jesús.

Sin embargo, la Iglesia iba a ser guiada por el resto del tiempo por el Espíritu Santo, el Espíritu de la verdad. Esto debería permitirnos a todos a suspirar de alivio porque no estamos solos. La tercera persona de la Santísima Trinidad, el Espíritu Santo está con nosotros, que nos guía, nos enseña, orando en nosotros, que nos anima, nos condena por nuestros pecados. El Espíritu Santo ha venido entre nosotros para la misma misión de Jesús – para llevar a cabo la misión del Padre. El Espíritu no es un contratista independiente. El Espíritu es Dios entre nosotros.

Imagíne el genio de Dios. Al estar presente en medio de nosotros en el Espíritu Santo, Dios puede estar en todas partes todo el tiempo. Jesús, en su naturaleza humana, sólo podía estar en un lugar al mismo tiempo. Es por eso que Él dijo en el Evangelio de ayer, “Pero yo les digo la verdad, es mejor para ustedes que yo me vaya. Porque si no me voy, el Consolador no vendrá a ustedes. Pero si me voy, yo se los enviaré.”  En la sabiduría de Dios, el ha encontrado la manera que esté presente para nosotros en todo momento. Y sorprendentemente Él reside en lo profundo de nosotros. ¡Qué misterio! ¡Qué regalo!

Tome tiempo hoy para llamar al Espíritu Santo en lo mas profundo de ti.
Pida al Espíritu para que ore por usted cuando usted no sabe cómo orar.
Pida al Espíritu que le enseñe y le ilumine cuando no entienda algo sobre la fe o sobre las Escrituras.
Pida al Espíritu para ayudarle a ver el mismo Espíritu en cada persona que conozca hoy.

Me encanta la oración del Espíritu Santo que rezamos a menudo en Cursillos y en otros grupos.
Ven, Espíritu Santo, llena el corazón de tus fieles y enciende en ellos la llama de tu amor.
Envía tu Espíritu y serán creados.
R. y renovaras la faz de la tierra.
Oh, Dios, que has iluminado los corazones de tus hijos con la luz del Espíritu Santo: haznos dóciles a tu Espíritu, para gustar siempre el bien, y gozar de su consuelo.  Por Jesucristo Nuestro Señor. Amen.

Dios los bendiga,
Fr. Burke



  1. Wish to Cancel e-mails messages

    Thanks Aileen Cotter


    • I’m sorry that you will be leaving us, Aileen. I can’t cancel your messages. What you do is go into one of my “Thoughts”. It should have the opportunity at the bottom of the message to “unsubscribe”. Click on that and follow the instructions. If you can give me feedback as to why you are canceling this may help me in this ministry.

      God bless,
      Fr. Burke

  2. Thank you so much for your reflections. I know how busy you are as the Vocations Director. The fruits of your labor are evident in the FIVE men being ordained this summer. Our pastor, Fr. George, is a great and holy priest that came in at a rough time for St Pius X. He set a holy tone for the parish and affectively uses humor in a oh so subtle way. I hope that he will serve as a mentor to the two new priests from Poland. He even has Blessed Pope John Paul II Polish accent! Don’t worry I will not make a habit of unsolicited advise.De Colores,Catherine Monckton Date: Tue, 7 May 2013 21:24:16 +0000 To:

  3. Kindly mention the Pslam; Chapter and verse of : *”Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth…*

  4. Cursillo – has a very beautiful prayer. I have prayed it often with the Holy Spirit in my thoughts. Thank-you for the daily messages! God-Bless you Fr. Burke, keeping vocations in my prayers.

  5. Gracias Padre por estas reflecciones y a Dios le pido cuide mucho de ustedes nuestros Sacerdotes. De Colores Lorena González

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