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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestem Indiana 9 "" Commentary -- Word and love: A home for father, son, spirit the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my i I Iake never tel" IS US I id to his dis what Jesus was supposed to have !to the Last J disciples during those 40 days, we have to : Supper discourse in the Gospel of John .aginatively suoplv material At the Last Su er _ PP , lit .... &apos; a,OY, m the Gospel of John, Jesus speaks at length ,u_u. ais departure, meaning his death and conse- ,,ent return to the Father. We pull these same words ' t their context in John and have Jesus speaking he:e, Wrds between his resurrection and ascension. I,. u, eparture theme fits both the Last Su er and mm - -- PP  atJ-day period after the resurrection. . n response to a question from a disciple whom I ca - lls Judas, not the Iscariot, Jesus says: bse who love me will keep my word, and my Fa- u love them, and we will come to them and e Our home in them." In theology the idea of lVlng within us is called "divine indwelling." eCOrae "home" to God This does not occur in name." Also the Holy Spirit will therefore live in those who love one another. We speak of one God, but three persons in one God. A difficult concept and one that cannot be grasped by us. If there are even natural mysteries that "blow our mind." why should we deny the reality of supernatural mys- teries that do the same? Because of the oneness or unity of God where Father and Son are, there also is the Holy Spirit. What specific function does the Gospel of John attribute to the Holy Spirit? "He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I (Jesus) have said to you." These words of Jesus echo the Old Testa- ment. Jeremiah 31:34 reads: "No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest." The First Letter of John extends to an even greater horizon the interior teaching of an indwelling Spirit-God: "The anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you, as his anoint- ing teaches you everything, and is true." Wouldn't such ideas carried to extremes result in theological anarchy or chaos, all claiming they are taught by the indwelling Divine Spirit, yet contradicting each other? The hundreds of Christian denominations are witness to the fact that each denomination considers itself to have the truth, frequently contradicting other Christian denominations. Since next week's gospel speaks of unity in the Christian community, comment on this matter is reserved for next week's column Even on a personal level, how is one to decide what thought or conduct arises from the Holy Spirit or from an evil spirit. The Scriptures tell us that a tree is known by its fruit and a good tree does not bear bad fruit. A correctly formed conscience will be the internal judge of our conduct. Church and civil law will frequently be the external judge. Like our- selves, these two societies are in a state of evolution, a state of pilgrimage, struggling toward perfection. As St. Paul wrote: "All creation has been groaning in labor pains up to this very time, and not only cre- ation, but we ourselves groan inwardly as we wait for.., our liberation from mortality," Romans 8:22. Until that liberation arrives, we continue the strug- gle to reach the promise of Jesus: "Peace I leave with you. My peac e I give to you." Readings: Acts 15:1.2, 2729: Revelation 21:10.14, 22-23. "Box 68 Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Traylor Phone: 486-3285 Kimball International Jasper, Indiana i i Organist [eeded Holy Cross Parish, Fort Branch, IN is in need of a full-time or part-time organist. If interested, please call the Parish Center, (812) 753-3548 or mail your resume to Holy Cross Church, 305 E. Walnut, Fort Branch, IN 47648. Ii I I J] I II 'Y'o RED WING HEADQUARTERS RANEY SHOE STORE 320 E. Main- Washington I O.P. I I+ E-IN I EXPLORING Y,, ,(,s.2 '. YOUR RELIGIOUS . VOCA110N? We would be delighted Tcl: Dy .r l;vt.,i.g? to answer any questions you may have and to provide you with , ...._ additional information about our community - + and prayer life. att" lip I :++: H+fPe +' +Ih'+ ++ I GWr /,+It" f# G+II <2uH'I l*#m" V Ittul .It++ lhll l#mdl Ib++ l+Jci+'l+Paud t+N + rmte thin I.II t I+vr t r < +d th If<+m tl[+tut#  I :'+: ' + J++ + (k+ l+#h ++# l+l l+ ,- + (+, e ...... to say thanks to / our last will anti testament can be an elant, statement . what you . apprcctatcd most m, your le--- . heenest to hel l, edca e prtests a saint a'nra? Sem/na is a qaa waft to thank Faith. t de + t + 9oforyour pss h'on to those wha3Co//av ya I For information, write: Director of Planned Giving, Saint Meinrad Seminary, Saint Meinrad, IN 47577 or call (800) 682-4)988. .