Queen's counsel XXIV

August 2003

During our Summer Term in this second year at Queen's, we have been studying various aspects of the Person of Jesus and, to finish our mini-series on the three persons of the Trinity, let's listen to some insights about the Holy Spirit from Jesus's life and teaching. In St.John's gospel, Jesus talks to his disciples about his teaching and how he is about to move on "but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you" [John 14:26]. This brought back memories for me of last year when our engineering team was being disbanded and, as part of the closing process, we invited our colleagues from around the world to come and learn about our knowledge and analysis techniques. That's their job now; just as sharing the gospel belongs to disciples of Jesus.

The third element of Jesus' saying: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life" [John 14:6], so often divisive, can bring us all together as we search for the meaning of life. Viktor Frankl, selected to act as a medical orderly to serve his fellow Jews in the prison camps during World War II, was fired by Nietzsche's saying: "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how". Frankl wrote later that: "life ultimately means taking responsibility for fulfilling the unique tasks that it sets for each individual and that there is only one way" call it what you will.

Jesus, as our example, was fully aware of the Holy Spirit inspiring him in His teaching and healing ministry. As He was baptised by John in the river Jordan, "He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and a voice from heaven said: 'This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased" [Matt.3:16-17]. At the beginning of His ministry, He quotes the prophet Isaiah as He calls on the Spirit to guide Him [Luke 4:18] and at His death, renewing the unity of the Trinity, he cries "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit" [Luke 23:46].

I found this writing the other day that may give us more insights can anyone tell me where it comes from it's called the Wisdom Tree:

Spirit of Wisdom, which sleeps in the stones
And dreams in the stars
Awaken us to the mystery of your presence.

Spirit of Wisdom, which nourishes the root
And strengthens the tree
Sustain us with your fruits.

Spirit of Wisdom, which springs from the earth
And flows through the seas
Empower us with living water

May the Spirit guide you into all the truth.

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