How great is our God?
Today’s readings are filled with blessings from God or, more specifically, from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is sometimes called the “forgotten God”. Today’s readings remind me that the “forgotten God” should no longer be forgotten in my life.
In these readings the Holy Spirit was the Giver of Instructions (“…after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit…”), the Source of Power (“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you …”), and a Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation (“…give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him…”). If each of these gifts is still given to us today, and I am struggling in these areas of my life, I can conclude that I need to more fully open my heart to allow the Holy Spirit to work in my life.
I need guidance or instruction in my life as I decide what to major in, what organizations I should give my time to, and most importantly, in situations when the answer is no always clear I need God to give me direction as what to do and what to believe.
I need power, not to become president or becoming queen, but to have power over myself. I need more willpower; the willpower to stop myself before swearing, to always and completely forgive, to not become greedy, and to humble myself completely.
I need wisdom because on my own I have little to none. I need to rely more on the Holy Spirit to grant me the wisdom for writing reflections, for finding answers about my faith and to know how to comfort friends in need.
I am truly grateful for all of these gifts, but, for me, the greatest gift Jesus speaks about is in the last line of the Gospel: “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age”. I was (and still am) completely filled with joy after reading that line. This is something to rejoice about: even when we fail to use the instructions God has given us, or lack willpower, or try to use our own wisdom instead of God’s, he is still with us. He will never leave us; he is with us “until the end of the age”, and because of this promise, this great gift, I shall be forever thankful.
May we continue to open our hearts and minds to be filled by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and continue to give thanks to the One who will never leave us. Thank you for this blessed day and may we see you everywhere we go and in everyone we meet.
In Your Name,