Commentary on John 16:12-15
Jesus continues to speak about the giving of the Spirit to his followers. “I have much more to tell you but you cannot bear it now.” They are still too raw in their understanding. It will take time for them fully to absorb the meaning of Jesus’ life
and teaching. By then he will be long gone, so they will need the guidance of the
Spirit to lead them to that fuller understanding. “He will guide you to all truth.”
The Spirit will guide them in their response to “the things that are to come”. Following on what Jesus has taught them, from their understanding of the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and from their Pentecost experience, a whole new order, a new way of looking at the world, will result of which they will be the inaugurators.
And that guidance still is much needed for we have not reached and we never will reach on this earth the fullness of the truth about God and Jesus. The establishment of the Kingdom has still a long way to go.
Once again Jesus reminds his disciples that everything they are learning comes originally from the Father through the Son and from the Son through the Spirit. These are not three separate revelations but one message that emanates from each one successively.
We too, as Church, as churches, as communities, as individuals need the constant guidance of the Spirit that we may remain faithful to the truth that is given us and be always open to understanding it more deeply so that we can pass it on to others with full integrity.