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Pope: with the "gift of understanding" - which is not human intelligence - the Holy Spirit helps us see things as God sees them
At the General audience, Francis continues to illustrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit. "Understanding a situation in depth , as God understands, is the effect of this gift" and not so "a Christian can understand everything and have a full knowledge of God's plans ."
Vatican City (
AsiaNews) - With the "gift of understanding" - which is not human
intelligence - the Holy Spirit helps us see things as God sees them",
"to understand a situation in depth , as God understands" although
this "does not mean that a Christian can understand everything and have a full
knowledge of God's plans". Continuing
his catechesis dedicated to the gifts of the Holy Spirit , Pope Francis, who
had spoken last Wednesday of Wisdom, today explained the meaning of "Understanding".
per usual, Pope Francis toured among the 50 thousand people present in St
Peter's Square, in his white jeep, before explaining to them that when one
speaks of the "gift of understanding, it is "not a question of human
intelligence, the intellectual capacity with which we can be gifted to a
greater or lesser degree. Instead, it is a grace that only the Holy Spirit can
infuse and which awakens in the Christian the ability to go beyond the outward
appearance of reality and scrutinize the depths of God's thoughts and His plan
Apostle Paul - he continued - speaking to the community of Corinth, describes
the effects of this gift well - what this of understanding does in us - and
Paul says this: "What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what
has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him,
this God has revealed to us through the Spirit"(1 Cor 2:9-10 ) . This of
course does not mean that a Christian can understand everything and have full
knowledge of God's plan: All of this will only be revealed in all its clarity
when we find ourselves in the sight of God, and we are truly one with Him. Yet,
as suggested by the word itself, understanding allows us to "intus
legere" to "read into": and this gift helps us understand things
as God he understands, as God understands, with the intelligence of God, because
one can understand a situation with human intelligence, with prudence, and
that's okay. But, to understand the situation in depth, as God understands,
this is the effect of this gift. And Jesus wanted to send the Holy Spirit so
that we could have this gift so that we can all see things as God understands,
with the intelligence of God. This is a beautiful gift that the Lord has given
is clear that the gift of understanding is closely related to faith. When the
Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and enlighten our minds, it makes us grow day
by day in the understanding of what the Lord has said and done. Jesus himself
said to his disciples: I will send the Holy Spirit and he will make you
understand all that I have taught you. Understanding the teachings of Jesus, to
understand His Word, to understand the Gospel, to understand God's Word. One
can read the Gospel and understand something, but if we read the Gospel with
this gift of the Holy Spirit we can understand the depth of God's words . And
this is a great gift, a great gift that we all have to ask for and ask
together: Give us, O Lord, the gift of understanding. It helps us to perceive
more and more how everything is a gift of His love for our salvation. The Lord
himself has told us that the Holy Spirit would remind us of his teachings and
would explain what we do not understand".
Francis then spoke of the Gospel story of the disciples of Emmaus "which
expresses very well the depth and strength of this gift." When Jesus
joins them, they do not recognize him . "But
when the Lord explained the Scriptures to them, so that they would understand
that He had to suffer and die and then rise again, their minds open and hope is
rekindled in their hearts (cf. Lk 24.13 to 27) . And this is what the Holy
Spirit does for us: it opens our minds, opens us to better understand, to
better understand the things of God, human things, situations, all things. It
is an important gift for our Christian life. Let's ask the Lord to give us, to
give all of us this gift to understand, as he understands, the things that
happen, and, most importantly, to understand the Word of God in the Gospel".
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