Pentecost – Receiving the Holy Spirit

th[10] Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in the time of Christ? Would it have been easier to believe that Jesus was who he said he was? That he was God, the second devine person of the blessed trinity. If you and I would have walked the earth when Jesus did, we would have been able to see him with our own eyes. We would have been able to hear his voice and listen to his powerful words that might have convicted our hearts to believe in him as God. Are we at a disadvantage because we live in the year 2013? Well, the answer to that is no! In fact, we are at a great advantage. Let us not think it would be easier to believe in his Divinity back then. Just look at the Apostles: They did not fully understand the meaning of his death and resurrection until the Holy Spirit came upon them.   

Today, the Church celebrates the day of Pentecost. The day Jesus’ Church came into being. And on that day, not only the Apostles, but many of his disciples were gathered in one single place. It was there that they received the Holy Spirit through a rushing wind and then there appeared to them tongues as of fire. Now of course, you and I do not receive the Holy Spirit in quite the same form. Today, the ordinary way we receive the Holy Spirit is through our baptism. In Matthew 28, Jesus gives the great commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the third devine Person of the Blessed Trinity. There is the Father, who is the “Creator.” There is the Son, who is the “redeemer,” and there is the Holy Spirit, who is the “sanctifier.”

We see at the night of the last supper, Jesus said to his Apostles: “It is better for you that I should go away.” Later, Jesus said that once he left, he would send the Holy Spirit to them. With the Holy Spirit, instead of Jesus being an example to be copied, then he would be a life to be lived. We might have lost Jesus’ physical body, but his spiritual presence has taken his place. He can now dwell in the souls of you and me. Through the Holy Spirit, Christ has made himself available to everyone who seeks him.

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It is the Holy Spirit who reveals the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and it is the Son who reveals the Father. The apostle Phillip once asked our Lord; “Show us the Father.” And Jesus said: “Phillip, have I been with you all this time and still you do not understand? The Father and I are one. If you have seen me, then you have seen the Father (John 14:8-9).” Therefore, it was Jesus who revealed just how much the Father loves you and me. “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son into this world.” Jesus tells us that once he ascends to the Father, all the spiritual blessings he won for us on Calvary, would be paid to us by the Holy Spirit.

It is the Holy Spirit that makes Christ more real in each of our lives. St. Paul says; “No one can call Jesus Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.” The world can not know the Holy Spirit, because they can not see or hear him. But we on the other hand can know him, because the Spirit of Truth speaks to us from within. He speaks to us in the things of this life, in the difficulties of our day. How do we know what to do in any situation we find ourselves in? Well, it is through the Holy Spirit that Jesus helps us to know what to do in each and every circumstance.

As we celebrate the day of Pentecost, let us seek to pray to the Holy Spirit each and everyday. Because to be filled with the Holy Spirit, is to be filled with Christ! Until next time, God bless.

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