The Spirit is our strength...
The feast of Pentecost once again reminds us that the Holy Spirit still works in our world today, accomplishing God's will through all believers. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity is fully God. He is eternal and omnipresent. He enlightens us about the will of the Father and constantly inspires us to walk and live in imitation of Jesus. The Spirit’s presence within us enables us to understand and interpret God’s Word. He dwells with us forever, and that He will never leave or forsake us. The Holy Spirit which is the love of God, is like the wind that comes to us suddenly and reveals to us that is ‘God our Father’. The Spirit acts in us forcefully, yet gently bringing us the light of truth. God reveals His truth through the Spirit always.
He speaks through us, intercedes for us, transforms us, sanctifies us and brings us to our new birth. His power also leads us, convicts us, teaches us and equips us to do His work to spread His kingdom. The Holy Spirit distributes Spiritual gifts to us according to His will as we read in 1 Corinthians 12:4 to 11.
In baptism we are made adopted children of the Father, we are made one in Jesus the Son, and we are filled with the Holy Spirit to live out our new Christian calling as sons and daughters of God in Christ Jesus. All religious are specially called to bear witness to Jesus Christ through our ministries. And only through the power of the Holy Spirit and by His guidance we can do our ministries effectively. All what we need to do is to ask for his guidance and inspiration and listen to him speaking to us. In Acts 5:32 we read that the Holy Spirit is a gift to us. He transforms us into the image of Christ. We have seen that the disciples set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Religious life is a joyful proclamation of the kingdom, an explicit testimony of the new life in the spirit.
The power of the Holy Spirit strengthens our will to endure everything that happens in our life, so that we do not loose heart, but can stand firm until the end. The Spirit continues to guide us and provides us with courage in the face of all difficult situations. The Holy Spirit has been active with the Father and the Son from all eternity.
We will need the presence and power of the Holy Spirit for our entire life to live meaningfully, for our spiritual growth in all our decision makings and for a glorious completion of our God given responsibilities fruitfully. Let us have a fuller understanding of the Spirit who accompanies us in our daily life. Let us recall Pope Francis’s words. “The Spirit of God has filled the universe with possibilities and therefore, from the very heart of things, something new can always emerge”.(LaudatoSi no 80). May the Spirit the source of wisdom inflames our hearts. Let us be ever grateful to God for this precious gift—the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives!
Sr. Fatima Puthentthoppil