Today is Penecost Sunday. Happy Birthday, Church! The readings today are all about the Holy Spirit.
In the first reading from Acts 2, we read about Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. In the second reading today, St. Paul talks about spiritual gifts. “To each individual the manisfestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit…For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…” And in the Gospel reading, Jesus confers the Holy Spirit upon the Eleven and gives them authority to forgive sins in the Sacrament of Confession.
The Holy Spirit is alive and well and abundantly available to us every moment of every day. Have you ever met someone who you would say is “walking in the Spirit?” Someone that just seems so in tune with the Holy Spirit that it permeates their being? I have. And I pray that that is something that I can do more and more each day. As with everything, some days are better than others. But if we really try to stay open; if we’re really attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, I believe that life would be much more interesting. Like an old TV ad slogan once said, “Try it, you’ll like it!”
Father, help us to be more open, more attentive to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. May we listen and obey always. Amen.