Wait For It

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Wait For It

While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for ‘the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit’.”  

Acts 1:4-5

 

We live in a culture that tells us that we must constantly be on the go, working towards or doing something.  Waiting can be a difficult thing; it requires a certain level of patience and the self-control to be still. I’ve heard it said often in my life, good things come to those who wait.  Anticipation gets intense at times, but waiting provides us a certain level of appreciation that we would not have been able to have had we not waited.

This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.  Jesus tells them to wait for the promise of the Father.  Up to this point they have yet to have an intimate encounter with the third Person of the Blessed Trinity. Good things come to those who wait! In this case, a GREAT One came to them.  The gift of the Holy Spirit transformed the lives of the Apostles.  They were no longer afraid. They went out into the streets, preaching without fear! Our spiritual lives sometimes can mirror that of the Apostles before the coming of the Holy Spirit, being held in our own upper room, behind a closed door. But just like the Apostles’ lives were transformed by the gift of the Holy Spirit, our lives, too, must be transformed!

It is through the Holy Spirit that we understand Divine Truths.  In my own life, I’ve noticed that as my relationship with the Holy Spirit has deepened so has my understanding of the Scriptures and my love for the Liturgy.  The Holy Spirit enhances our prayers and enables us to witness to the Truth in a way that we didn’t before.

As we continue to prepare for the Feast of Pentecost, let us pray for a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit on us, individually and as a Church.  May the Holy Spirit enlighten us with a deeper understanding of the mysteries of God, fortify our hearts to boldly proclaim the love of God, and guide us to be humble witnesses to the Mercy of God.

Come Holy Spirit!

 

To learn more about how you can prepare for a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life this Pentecost, check out: http://thewildgooseisloose.com/pentecost-vigil

Written by: Alycia

 

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