11 May, 2020

The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send, will teach you everything.

~ John 14:26 ~

As we enter the seventh week of lockdown in South Africa, we continue seeking answers to the questions we have. The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for all of us and we feel a real sense of uncertainty.


If the cure, or even a vaccine, were to be found today, what would we do?


Would we like the people of Lycaonia in the reading from Acts? Would we shout praises to the people who made a breakthrough and celebrate for an entire week? Or would we sing praises to God, to whom we have all been praying for answers?


Most, if not all of us, would start by celebrating the freedom from the chains of lockdown before we gather to praise God.


Today as uncertainty slowly creeps in, Jesus assures us that we are not alone, for the Father has sent the Holy Spirit to teach us all things. When we look at the world today through the eyes of faith, we realize that the Holy Spirit is at work. We have learned to value the relationships we have with our families, friends and others, the conversations we have with them. We have missed the human contact we took for granted (holding hands, hugs, etc.). We have learned to appreciate little things, like being able to go outside and taking walks.


What have we learned from this time? How do we take our new knowledge about God and our relationships with others beyond this time? How will God have revealed Godself to me?




Today I pray that I may see the works of the Holy Spirit in my life.


I pray that I may see God in all things.




Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by

Ms Nonto Thulile Mhlongo

Nonto Mhlongo works at the St Lucia Retreat and Training Centre giving retreats. She has completed the spiritual direction training programme with the Jesuit Institute.

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