ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Foreshadowing the Divine Interpreter

Updated on May 22, 2020

“Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand.” ~ Saint Bernardine of Siena

It’s interesting to note that on the day in which the Catholic Church pauses to celebrate the Feast of Saint Bernardine of Siena, an Italian Priest and Franciscan Missionary who among other things is venerated as the Patron Saint of Advertisers ~ this due to his legendary preaching and communication skills ~ Jesus presents his disciples with something of a “teaser ad” in today’s Gospel (John 16:12-15) as he finds himself in the waning moments of his Earthly ministry. His Ascension into Heaven is now imminent.

“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now,” Jesus tells them. “But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.”

It would appear as though this mysterious Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth or Advocate, would in essence serve as a conduit through which God’s graces, heretofore poured out onto the world by way of His Son Jesus, would continue to coarse through the world, directed and guided by the very movement of the Spirit. Bishop Barron offers up an interesting perspective on this exchange when he explains that since Jesus is the Son is God, it is impossible for us to adequately interpret him through our own powers of perception or discernment. We require what he likes to call “a divine pedagogue” through which the speech of the Father is to be understood. This, he concludes, is the Advocate, what we have come to understand as the Holy Spirit.

After Jesus’ return to God, the Spirit will facilitate a fuller understanding of Jesus’ revelation without any change to his teaching. Just as Jesus did, the Spirit will reveal God. When Jesus tells his disciples that the Spirit “will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16:13), he is explaining to them the Spirit makes possible a deeper understanding of what Jesus means, but specifically for one’s own time, yet it does this without betraying in any way, shape or form the unchanging and everlasting truth of Jesus made manifest by his life, divine revelation personified.

The Church today of course still requires the ongoing influence of the Holy Spirit, this divine interpreter of the Word. We must develop a greater sense of intimacy with the Spirit in our own personal lives as well in order to formulate and develop the proper Christian conscience and response to the array of crises and urgent social issues that we face in the world today. Whether it be the growing income disparity, pandemic preparedness and response, easing racial tensions or reversing the alarming decay of our major urban areas and large cities just to name a few, These very real modern day problems require the divine advocacy of the Holy Spirit in order to be solved in away that is in accord with God’s teachings and His desired plan for all of us.

As our life journey unfolds, the Holy Spirit gradually unwinds God’s message so that it speaks to us at the appropriate times in our lives. Our capacity to grasp this revelation expands as we advance in our willingness and ability to become one in the Spirit. May the Spirit continue to flourish within each of us, guiding us closer and closer to God’s truth with each passing day.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)