Reflections - May 24, 2015

Sequence:  Come Divine Holy Spirit.  Send your light from heaven, loving Father of the Poor.
 
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost.
 
The Holy Spirit of the Father and of the Son has spilled over onto the world and in our hearts.  He is the Creator and the Sanctifier.  He is the one that educates us in faith, hope and charity.  He is the lawyer, the advocate, and the teacher of the Word of God in our Holy Mother Church.
 
On this day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down on all those who were gathered in the Cenacle.  There was His mother and the Apostles.  All spoke as the Spirit moved them.  Because “there are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit, there are different forms of service but the same Lord”.  1 Cor. 12:4-5.
 
We also receive in the Sacrament of Confirmation the power of the Holy Spirit to bear witness to Christ without duplicity.  As Pope Francis says:  “facing the spirit of the world, father of disbelief and of all ungodliness”.
 
Facing a world of disbelief, superficiality, and impiety we ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of faith and the gift of piety.  Above all invoke the Holy Spirit to open our hearts to be Christians who practice in our lives and in our families what we preach.
 
The Kingdom of God has to be built in us through the grace of the Holy Spirit.  You must ask Him to give us all purity of intentions so that our intentions will be straight and sincere.
 
We must also ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of Science.  It is not a question of “academic degrees”.  What we should ask is for an internal vision of things.  A Science that can only come from prayer and is wrapped in love that sees the Holy Spirit acting in all situations and decisions of your life to the point of listening and knowing that when you call He will listen and you will be ready to respond.
 
Upon receiving Communion ask yourself:  How long do you pray to the Holy Spirit?
 
In prayer do you ask for understanding – a characteristic of a detached love? Do you also ask in prayer for the gift of kindness so that when new brothers and sisters visit the parish for the first time you welcome them with delicacy although they may not think like you?  This is a charisma of the Holy Spirit that we can ask for today upon receiving Holy Communion.