Sunday, June 8, 2014
What a grace it was for the disciples who were waiting in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and others for the coming of the Holy Spirit! Their lives were changed. Those fearful Apostles now went out and preached and Luke tells us in the Acts of the Apostles how they somehow managed to baptize 3,000 that same day! The Spirit allowed each to hear them speaking in his own language! It seems that the Spirit was more visible in the early Church - or this is my impression when reading Acts and the Letters of Paul. Paul was prevented from going somewhere by the Spirit and other times he seems to have been pushed by the Spirit to move on and keep spreading the Good News.
I think the Spirit is still trying to push us into new ways of spreading the Good News. Now, it is easier to contact so many by means of technology that seems to almost be taking over our lives. However, I do think that we need to open ourselves to the action of the Spirit each day. He sometimes whispers to us and we need to be alert to hear the gentle voice that speaks so often without words but just inspires us to do this or avoid that - let us thank the Spirit for his active presence in us and promise to be more attentive.