April 22, 2020frjohnma

Rev. Fr. John-Mary Benedict Ntol Atep

“‘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 Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 687.

Our subject matter today is a topical issue in the school of the Holy Spirit. A very controversial one and one that has caused a lot of confusion and separation among Christians.

In an attempt to speak about the language of the Holy Spirit, many schools of thought have emerged with divergent postulations. But because the Holy Spirit is very friendly, His ways are very clear and simple. Meanwhile, sometimes in trying to speak about the language of the Holy Spirit, we quickly forget that the Holy Spirit is the Third Divine Person of the Blessed Trinity and we end up separating the Holy Spirit from God the Father and the Son. To this end, asking many friends of the language of the Holy Spirit, the popular answer amidst others is “speaking in tongues or glossolalia.” However, it is high time we distinguish between the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Person of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, the language of the Holy Spirit is the language of God. The language that is spoken by both God the Father and the Son. God the Son for instance says: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak” (John 16:13). The language of God is LOVE. Thus, it is not difficult to accept the Johannine description of God: “God is love” (1 John 4:8).  Language is a method of communication within a community of persons. God is a community of Three Divine Persons and as sure, His nature as love is communicated to the world through His Word – Jesus Christ (John 1:1) and in His Power (the breath). The power that inspires the spoken word of the Father is the Holy Spirit. Can you see why theology would say that God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is both the Lover and Beloved and the Love between them. Finally, the content of the Word spoken by God the Father through His Son and in the Holy Spirit is the Truth (John 14:6).

Prayer texts: Acts 5:27-33; Ps. 34; John 3:31-36

Comments (10)

  • Francis-Mary

    April 23, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Thank you Fr for sharing. May God give us the wisdom to speak and listen to the language of the Spirit. Through Christ our Lord Amen.

    1. frjohnma

      April 23, 2020 at 11:08 am

      Precious brother thanks a lot!

  • Gerard-Mary

    April 23, 2020 at 10:05 am

    “Language is a method of communication within a community of persons”. The modern day “speaking in tongues” is one of the worst things in our community of worship (just thinking aloud). May Mother Mary who was practically present at the Pentecost teach us how to pray and speak. Amen.
    Thanks Padre – very excellent presentation. More grace and wisdom in union with Mary.

    1. frjohnma

      April 23, 2020 at 11:07 am

      I am grateful! Your comments reveal so much to me in our school of the Holy Spirit. I shall say more about the place of the gifts of tongues when the time comes. You are always in my prayers

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    April 23, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Thank you Father for these very interesting reflections on the school of the Holy Spirit. I find them quite intriguing right from its admission prerequisites, through its objective/divine will (ie our sanctification) to its language & content (ie love and truth respectively).
    We sure need to be part of this formation but more importantly, I think we should pray for constancy. I have this crazy thought that if one is constantly in this school, the Holy Spirit will reveal even the most secret thought of God such as the end of the world, which is unknown to anyone, including the angels and the Son (Mathew 24:36)!??? I guess you also alluded to this in your opening sentence: “No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God”?
    In any case, I believe that sincerely seeking to dwell in His holy presence in love will fill one with joy, peace, gratitude & contentment even at this very trying time of ours.
    May Our Lady; the Seat of Wisdom & Queen of Peace continue to intercede for us.

    1. Fr. John-Mary Atep

      April 23, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks a great deal for your very rich comments. The Holy Spirit is a friend to all of us. His friendship is felt by His indwelling in us. However, we need to cultivate the virtue of living in the here and now. To do so is to enable us to be on the same page of life with our friend the Holy Spirit. He speaks to us every second but we rarely hear Him because we are either living in the past or the future. As we continue to pay attention to our hints and teachings through the Master and Teacher of the school of the Holy Spirit, that is THE HOLY SPIRIT and under the maternal guidance of His spouse the Blessed Virgin Mary, I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit in His wisdom and benevolence will reveal so much to us. We don’t need much effort. Just surrender and do not be in control. Allow Him to reign supremely through His sanctification office. COME HOLY SPIRIT AND FILL THE HEARTS OF THE FAITHFUL…

  • Eby

    April 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    May the Lord bless His words in our hearts +. Thank you very much Fr.

    1. frjohnma

      April 23, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you and may the Holy Spirit presence in us sanctify us always. Amen

  • Louis Mathias

    April 23, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Great piece! May the Holy Spirit teach us the perfect way to love, amen 🙏

    1. frjohnma

      April 23, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks and Amen Fr.

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