Every time I ask for the Holy Spirit’s help, He is always there in time to provide guidance and discernment. Since I took Fr. Armand’s challenge to write Champ Wise, it has been 229 weeks of reflecting and praying for His Word to flow through me to these pages. And He has never failed. In fact, it is even in moments when I can’t process much Fr. Armand’s homily or the other Mass celebrants in the masses I attend, or when I just feel empty, dry and without nothing much to say that the better reflections came about. This is explained by St. Paul when he wrote, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My Power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12: 9)
Truly, the Spirit has moved and guided His Servants and the Church since time started; yes, He has been at work with the Father and the Son from the beginning and will be until the completion of our salvation. This is an important aspect of faith because as what the Gospel has taught, after Our Lord’s Ascension, the disciples (and us included) need a continuous supply of energy and strength, which without the Holy Spirit would be hard to come by.
It’s so easy to get distracted on the intricacies of the world or craziness before us and we just plainly lose sight of the big picture. Imagine after the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the disciples were all a little confused and overwhelmed with what was going on, notwithstanding the uncertainties that may fill their lives. Are they going to move forward, but where to exactly and how? Or are they going back to their respective lives before the Lord called them? They could only be seeing the haziness but really hoping for clarity at some point.
And then, the remarkably beautiful thing happened,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
This outpouring of the Holy Spirit awakened and renewed the already stressed-out and worried disciples. They started seeing the clearer picture and they now know what they have to do. Similarly, the Holy Spirit comes to us in this way, wrapping and engulfing us with His warmth and strength, day by day, moment by moment. He has given us unique gifts to guide each and every one of us for our own and the Church’s benefit as well, being part of His Mystical Body.
As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, let us ponder on the awesome power of the Holy Spirit in a prayerful way. Reflect on which gifts the Holy Spirit has given you, and let God show you where you need to grow more deeply in the strength of the Holy Spirit.
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.”