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February 16th, 2014
Anne McMahon
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"For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God."

I don't fully know why, but that verse in the second reading had me stumped. Today's liturgy had seemed like a straightforward emphasis on the importance of following God's laws, and I didn't really see anything particularly moving in it. But that verse jumped out at me, and I didn't know what to make of it. So I decided it would be worth doing a little digging.

Scott Hahn writes in the commentary of his New Testament Study Bible for that verse: "The Spirit is uniquely qualified to make known his wise plans. As an interior guide for believers, the Spirit enlightens us about the spiritual gifts and truths that God has given us in Christ. "

He also references the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 687. The verse that stumped me is quoted (albeit with a different translation) right at the beginning: "'No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.' Now God's Spirit, who reveals God, makes known to us Christ, his Word, his living Utterance, but the Spirit does not speak of himself. The Spirit who "has spoken through the prophets" makes us hear the Father's Word, but we do not hear the Spirit himself. We know him only in the movement by which he reveals the Word to us and disposes us to welcome him in faith. The Spirit of truth who "unveils" Christ to us "will not speak on his own." Such properly divine self-effacement explains why "the world cannot receive [him], because it neither sees him nor knows him," while those who believe in Christ know the Spirit because he dwells with them."

After finding this, I reread today's readings, and it clicked very differently in my mind the second time around. 

We truly are children of God, in that we are, well, children. Little children, in fact. There is very little, if anything, that we can do by ourselves, without the care and guidance of God.

I don't think I'm telling anyone anything new when I say that the laws the human race comes up with on its own cause a lot of destruction. They leave behind a broken world, broken lives, and broken hearts.

The way of life in which mankind is most fulfilled, in which we can truly live is something only attainable by us as a gift from God. That gift is given to us via the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that makes the mind of God accessible to his children. Through the Holy Spirit, we learn wisdom from our Creator, and come into spiritual adulthood. We begin to live as we were meant to, the way our broken hearts ache to live.

Isaiah and the Psalmist had learned through the school of hard knocks what it meant to try and live life according to the ways of man. Their people had suffered grievously because of it, and their hearts had been broken time and again. The Law of the Lord was more than a set of rules to them. It was a source of untold healing after their suffering.

I think the important thing to do in light of today's Scriptures is to pray for the Holy Spirit to enter more deeply into our lives - to heal our wounds, and to help us find the joy we were truly meant to possess in this life, by living as we were meant to.

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