By: Judy Morss
Last Sunday Was Pentecost Sunday and we celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit given to the Church. "The Holy Spirit, which is the person in God that most resembles an element or an environment, penetrates and impregnates all created realities in order to communicate incorruptibility to them, to strengthen that which is weak in them, to impregnate them with the incorruptible life of God." (Cardinal Jean Danielou).
My favorite prayer to the Holy Spirit is simple and yet wondrous. I pray it often before I begin a meditation or read Scripture. The Holy Spirit illuminates my thoughts and brings me clarity.
"Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the Faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth."
Can't you just see those tongues of fire that rested on each of the apostles? An outward sign of the infusion of the Holy Spirit into their bodies and souls. What a beautiful vision that must have been.
This week, as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Trinity, we come full circle. We now know of the completeness of our God. He is indeed the one, true God and in His unity, there are three persons --- the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Three, indeed are one, and in this oneness we have our strength, our peace, our joy, our fullness as the human beings that God created.
The Gospel of John 16:12-15
Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."
The Holy Spirit is to be the guide for all the disciples and will tell them what he hears from Jesus who receives from the Father. And so the disciples will be enfolded in a circle of love and knowledge as they are surrounded by the endless love between Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. We, too, are enfolded in this circle when we draw close to God and accept the beautiful gifts He wishes to give to His beloved children. The warmth and safety within that circle is boundless as is God's love for his faithful ones. May we always remain inside that circle.
Peace and love,