With the Spirit, we can have a living relationship, a convinced and joyful relationship with the Lord.
On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis gave examples of how to know if it is the Holy Spirit speaking or if it is Satan.
Shortly after this Mass, he conducted the noon Regina Caeli and reflected on how the Holy Spirit taught and remember.
About this second verb, he looked at the Latin root, ri-cordareand explained, “Reminding means return to heart, ri-cordare: The mind restore the gospel to our hearts.”
For the Apostles after Pentecost and for us, with the Holy Spirit, we can “pass from an external knowledge, from an awareness of memory, to a living relationship, a convinced and joyful relationship with the Lord.”
It is the Spirit who does this, who goes from “hearsay” to the personal knowledge of Jesus, who enters the heart. Thus, the Spirit changes our lives: He makes Jthe thoughts of esus become our thoughts. And he does it in reminding us with his words, bringing the words of Jesus to our hearts today.
Without the Spirit, “faith becomes forgetful,” the Pope warned. “Are we forgetful Christians? Maybe all it takes is a setbacka struggle, a crisis to forget the love of Jesus and fall into doubt and fear? Woe to us, should we become forgetful Christians!
“The remedy, he said, is to invoke the Holy Spirit. Let’s do it often, especially in important moments – before difficult decisions and in difficult situations.
Let us take the Gospel into our hands and invoke the Spirit. We can say: “Come, Holy Spirit, remind me of Jesus, enlighten my heart. It is a beautiful prayer: “Come, Holy Spirit, remind me of Jesus, enlighten my heart. Will we say it together? “Come, Holy Spirit, remind me of Jesus, enlighten my heart.”
So, let’s open the Gospel and slowly read a little passage. And the Spirit will make it speak to our lives.
May the Virgin Mary, filled with the Holy Spirit, kindle in us the desire to pray to her and to receive the Word of God.