Holy spirit

Pentecost looms as a reminder of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit

As the Church continues to progress during the Easter season, it celebrates the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and prepares for the promised Holy Spirit. It is the expectation of the Holy Spirit that is often overlooked. Summer successes, programs and college years come to an end, and the coming of the Holy Spirit is overshadowed by the bustle of life.

The Church, however, continues to point us to the coming of the Spirit. In particular, the Sunday Mass readings begin to emphasize the promise of the Lord and the coming descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.


But who is the Holy Spirit? How to understand this Third Person of the Holy Trinity, this promised gift of the Lord Jesus?

The Holy Spirit may be the most mysterious among the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is true largely because the Holy Spirit does not speak for himself. The Lord Jesus taught us, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on his own, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will shew you things to come.

In our Bible readings this Sunday, Saint John relates other teachings of the Lord Jesus on the Holy Spirit: “I told you this while I was with you. The advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of everything I have told you.

Spiritual life and our growth in holiness therefore begin with the Holy Spirit. As the Lord Jesus also taught us in his public ministry: “No one understands what truly belongs to God except the Spirit of God. So we need the Holy Spirit to know who God is, how we can cooperate with his grace, and how we can fellowship with him.

the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: “The Holy Spirit is the master of the interior life”, and further: “By the power of the Holy Spirit, we participate in the Passion of Christ by dying to sin, and in his Resurrection by being born in new life ; we are members of his Body which is the Church, branches grafted into the vine which is himself.

The Holy Spirit helps us to encounter the living God and to relive the paschal mystery of the Lord in our own lives. Such sharing of the paschal mystery begins at baptism. As St. Peter told the early Church, “Repent, and be baptized all in the name of Jesus Christ, that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit comes as a gift. It is the Spirit who dwells in us and who is the source of all holiness. The supernatural life cannot be understood or fostered in us without its divine presence and help.

Such awareness helps us to understand the Holy Spirit a little more, but the Spirit moves where and how He prefers. It is not related to anything, not even baptism or the other sacraments. The Lord Jesus refers to this movement of the Holy Spirit when he told us: “The wind blows where it wills, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. It is the same with all who are born of the Spirit.

As we approach the celebration of Pentecost, it is worth remembering the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

As we look at our lives and the fall of the world, it is good to consider how we relive the paschal mystery of the Lord Jesus in our own lives. The Spirit goes where it wants, but it respects our freedom. The only force that can hold him back is a stubborn heart.

Our task in this life is to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit and allow it to work in and through us.