One of the themes that one can notice through the Gospel of Luke is the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the gift of God, the promise of the Father, who is with the disciples until the end of time. The disciples are to trust and put their faith in the Holy Spirit, the guarantee that they are not abandoned nor left alone to complete the work Jesus gives to his disciples.


There are many times when I am asked to speak at a seminar, give a homily or counsel someone and I don’t have a clue what to say! Have you ever experienced this? You may have been invited to give a speech or a talk on a given topic and you wonder what on earth I am, going to say. It can be a daunting experience. How often do we forget that we have assistance readily available? The Holy Spirit dwells within us and we are not left unaided or to our own devices as we struggle to find the words to say.


Jesus in the Gospel today mentions to his disciples that they should never be afraid to give a defense. Luke is writing to a community who are being persecuted for the sake of the gospel and their defense in their faith. They are comforted by the words of Jesus: “For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say”. At that moment, but you and I say, “ Lord I want to know now!” It is a great act of faith on our part to trust in the Spirit and to trust in the promise of the Lord. The Lord doesn’t lie and doesn’t joke with us these words we hear in the Gospel. They are a promise to us. Jesus can say this because he has gone before us. He understands the trails that will befall us. He himself faced trail and tribulation. Remember the time he was placed under trial before Herod and Pilate. Often his witness was silent but when he spoke he spoke as the Father wanted him to speak.


The next time you are asked to give a defense, talk, or some kind of exhortation turn to the Lord who fills you with wisdom and insight. Many times I have found it a great consolation to ask the Lord what is it he wants to say – after all he knows best!


Do I trust in the Holy Spirit? Do I call upon him to help me and guide me in my words and actions?


Lord, thank you for the gift of the Spirit that dwells within me. I place my life under the anointing of your Spirit. Holy Spirit lead me and guide me in all my ways. Amen