COME, HOLY SPIRIT!
50 days after the Resurrection comes the explosion of what Jesus had told his disciples to expect, as he disappeared from their view at his Ascension: “It is better for you that I do go, because unless I go, the Spirit will not come”.
Not much consolation there! They didn’t understand – how could they? – and neither do we. “To speak of “spirit” seems so abstract and up in the air.
Perhaps this is why our readings today are very concrete and down to earth. They give us different symbols or pictures by which to understand what this reality is: the Sprit is “breath”; like the wind, like tongues of fire. When the Spirit is NOT present, the effects are all too obvious: a long list of negative, harmful behaviour that is easy to see! The Spirit is the teacher of the truth, of all the things that Jesus still wishes to tell us but we are not yet able to understand.
There is so much to ponder, so many depths to fathom. We cannot take in all at once just what this “best gift of God the Father” is. Perhaps the easiest way is to say that the Holy Spirit is the personal LOVE of Father and Son, now given to each one of us.
“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4).
We live with the experience of the light, and joy, and happiness existing in the heat of the Blessed Trinity itself! But most of us, most of the time, are not aware of that amazing fact.
It has been said that the average Christian and the average Church are somewhere bogged down between
Calvary and Pentecost. They have been to Calvary for pardon, but they have not been to Pentecost
means God-with-us. Bethlehem Calvary means God-for-us.
But Pentecost means God-in-us. Perhaps many of us are like the Ephesian
believers when the Apostle Paul came to them in Acts 19:2 and asked them: “Did
you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied that they didn’t even know that
there was a Holy Spirit.
Today we must pray that the whole Church and every believer will experience in new ways the power of the Holy Spirit in their own personal lives.