The power of the Holy Spirit

The WORD in Other Words by Fr Atilano Corcuera SVD (Philippines)

Pentecost Sunday, Acts 2:1–11, 1 Cor 12:3b–7, 12–13 or Rom 8:8–17, Jn 20:19–23 or Jn 14:15-16, 23b-26

Today is the feast of the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Blessed Irinity. In the   Old Testament texts, the Holy Spirit is depicted as an active power through whom God himself is active in humans, the universe, history and nature.   

Today, through the Holy Spirit, God enters our hearts. He dwells in us. By his   power, sins are forgiven in the sacraments. This Spirit was given to us in our baptism   and was strengthened in our confirmation. The Holy Spirit helps us to do God‘s will   and make us a holy people.   

Personally, I look at the Holy Spirit as power, but a very unique kind of energy.   Ordinarily we equate power with force and violence, like big muscles, nuclear bombs   or earthquakes. These are forces, however, that move from the outside in the forms of   push, shove or threat.   

The Spirit‘s power for me does not come from outside but from within. Gently He   warms and guides me to do what is right. He enters my heart, softly whispers, almost   like romancing or seducing me.   

Amidst overwhelming distractions and temptations all around, I call on the Spirit   to fill me with his power.   

“Come Holy Spirit, come!”  

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