From The Pastor's Desk

Dear St. Jude Family,

Blessings of the Risen Christ!

This 6th Sunday of Easter, Jesus assures his Apostles that they will always remember Him. He makes it a point for them that they will fully understand His teachings and His works. Thus, Jesus introduces them to the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. The Holy Spirit will inspire and motivate Apostles to respond to the Word of Jesus. The Apostles, therefore, were aware that their decision to work for Christ had a special quality, so that it could really be said that their actions were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Why do we need the presence of the Holy Spirit?  It is simply so that we can truly show our love for Jesus. Let us first remember that the proof of love is fidelity. Jesus tells us that if we truly love Him, we will keep His word and we will be faithful to His word. The words of Jesus are not only His. Rather, it came from the Father. The Father speaks to us with the words of Jesus. Thus, to obey Jesus is to obey the Father. When we keep the word of Jesus, we are at same time showing that we are faithful to the Father. And the Holy Spirit will help us make this happen, for He will serve as our helper to be faithful and fruitful towards the word of Jesus. Jesus tells us: “The Holy Spirit will instruct you in everything and remind you of all that I told you (John 14:26).”

Are we nervous and afraid to spread the Word of Jesus? Do we have difficulty putting into practice the Word of Jesus? Do we fail to understand fully the Word of Jesus? Let us pray to the Holy Spirit. Let our prayer be today: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

Praying for you all,

Fr. Pao