Affirmation: Come Holy Spirit, fill the heart of Your faithful. Enkindle in me the fire of Your love.
We are approaching the feast of Pentecost. This marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended onto the apostles and transformed their lives. I must admit there are several aspects to this feast day that appeal to and fascinate me.
The first one is that after this event, these mild, uneducated, socially awkward men (and I like to think, maybe a woman or two) shrugged off their fears and anxieties and went out into the world preaching and converting it to the message of Jesus Christ. This whole tale is just remarkable to me. In fact, it is one of the foundations for why I believe, why I remain a Christian. I just am in awe of the fact that these men who after the crucifixion were hiding in a room and fearful for their lives have an expericnce that enables them to go off and to preach “the good news.” How else can one explain what took place if it wasn’t a miracle? I know I’d need such a dramatic experience before they’d get me out of that room and off to preach to all the corners of the world. In my mind, the fact that these fishermen were able to completely change the world is proof enough that Jesus Christ is Lord.
The second aspect of this feast day lies in my belief in that we are all more than we seem. The world is more than it seems. There are unseen forces affecting every aspect of our existence of which we have very little knowledge. The Holy Spirit is our counselor, our guide, our path to holiness. I’m very glad there is such a resource available and I fully intend to take full advantage of it.
To prepare for Pentecost I have found a short prayer that I am saying daily, sometimes several times a day. I am saying it and then I am expecting miracles to occur, sort of like the apostles brushing themselves off and finding new found strength and courage. I don’t know what the miracles will be but I’m anxiously awaiting their occurrence. Yes, I believe I will recognize them. I already await the miracles of life because of my faith in Jesus but this feels like I am strengthening my chances.
So, for the last couple of weeks I say: Come Holy Spirit, fill the heart of Your faithful. Enkindle in me the fire of Your love.