August 7, 2022
There is so much in our life that is hard to understand, whose meaning is hidden, mysterious. By this gift, the Holy Spirit gives us a divine light to help us understand these mysteries better.
This is the fifth in a series of nine homilies on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The following are the links to all the homilies in this series:
3rd – The Gift of Piety
4th – The Gift of Fortitude
6th – The Gift of Counsel
7th – The Gift of Knowledge
8th – The Gift of Wisdom
9th – Searching for Wisdom
- In a lot of Scripture, Jesus is revealing what is hidden, often using parables revealing what is hidden from us such as His own divinity.
- God has given us our intelligence to go beyond appearances, and to understand more deeply, to penetrate into things.
- Our intelligence is limited, especially when we begin to discover what we are created for, a supernatural end.
- The gift of understanding our intelligence is a supernatural light that the Holy Spirit gives us to understand deeply and get to the heart of things.
- This gift of understanding principally helps us understand about the truths of our faith, such as the divine mysteries like the Trinity, the Blessed Trinity.
- This gift of understanding helps our faith because by faith, we are ascending to something, penetrating more deeply to strengthen our faith.
- God is anxious to begin to reveal His Divine Mysteries to us. The Holy Spirit Himself is helping to illuminate and guide us.
The gift of understanding is also called the gift of intelligence. It’s given to all Christians, at Baptism. Like all the gifts of the Holy Spirit it depends on the cooperation of each one of us, so that gift can grow in us.
St. Thomas says that the gift of intelligence helps us at least to understand that something is something that I should believe, even if I don’t understand it, at least to realize that it’s something that I should believe. So, it’s about the truths of the faith.
St. John says, the gift of the Holy Spirit, teaches us all things, which are necessary for salvation. St. Thomas says that this gift is about what is the truth of the faith, what is necessary for our salvation.
We can humbly recognize that we need it, and then we can make an act of trust in the Holy Spirit, that He is wanting to help us understand more deeply the Divine Mysteries in our life.