Let the Spirit Work in You!

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

In the days before the Pentecost, the apostles were afraid; they were discouraged and disappointed. They locked themselves in. They would have disintegrated as a community had it not been for Mary, the Mother of Christ. She was there to keep them believing in the promises of her Son. She might have told them, "Wait and pray. The Holy Spirit will come as it came to me." And true enough, on the fiftieth day, with a great rush of wind and tongues of fire that came to rest on each of them, they were filled with the Holy Spirit. In an instant, they were changed from mediocrity into careless abandon. They forgot their concern for safety, but only remembered what Christ had commissioned them to do, that is, to preach the Good News of salvation to all the nations. Immediately they burst with trust and obedience to carry out Christ's will to teach, heal and forgive. What was seemingly dead had become truly alive. 

We too may not act differently from the disciples' actions before the Pentecost event. The Holy Spirit was infused in us at our Baptism and Confirmation. But unfortunately, we keep our doors closed with our fears and hesitations. We remain powerless to stand up courageously as followers of Christ. Maybe we are afraid that if we really set free the Spirit that is already in us, we know that we have to change. There will be a new person, a new outlook, a renewed confidence to face the world.                                          

That is why we are somehow reluctant to make the Spirit work in our lives. Is it the reason why we cannot still love, serve and forgive as Christ did? How about the fruits of the Spirit which are "charity, joy and peace, patience, gentleness and self-control"? (Gal. 5:22). Do we have them?  Let it be that we pray, "Come, O Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle them the fire of Your love." 

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