The Catechism of the Catholic Church declares: “The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is God” (CCC 245). “The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father as the first principle and, by the eternal gift of this to the Son, from the communion of both the Father and the Son” (CCC 264). Throughout history, the Holy Spirit is always at work with God the Father and God the Son, from the Beginning until the Salvation plan is complete.
The Holy Spirit is the Gift that God gives to us. He is the Love, which comes from the relationship between the Father and the Son, which God pours into our hearts (Romans 5:5). It is in the love of the Holy Spirit that we can be united with God, become Christ-like and children of the Father (Romans 8:15).
The Holy Spirit is the Gift of the Risen Christ, and the source of the strength that makes all nations and believers become ONE in the same Baptism and in Jesus Christ.
Catechism confirms that: “The Church is the place, which is a communion living in the faith of the apostles, where we know the Holy Spirit: especially in the Scriptures, in the Tradition, in the Church’s Magisterium, and in the sacramental liturgy…” (CCC 688).
There are many images used in the Bible referring to the Holy Spirit such as Water (which signifies the Holy Spirit’s action in Baptism, since after the invocation of the Holy Spirit it becomes the efficacious sacramental sign of new birth), Fire (which symbolizes the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit’s actions), Anointing, Cloud and light, Hand, Finger and Dove… (CCC 694-701).
The role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church is many. This Sunday’s readings reveal the Holy Spirit as the One who renews: When filled with the Holy Spirit, the Apostles were empowered: “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability” (Acts 2:4). With the gift of the Holy Spirit, they became extraordinary, courageous, and fearless to proclaim the Gospel, to witness to the Risen Christ. Also, they were given the power to overcome the power of evils and sins “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:23).
The Holy Spirit is always present in our lives as Jesus promised: “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever” (John 14:16). Therefore, we must put our trust in the Holy Spirit. Also we ask Him to abide in our hearts to guide us, enlighten us so that we might know what to do.
This Sunday, the Feast of the Pentecost, the Church reminds us of the Holy Spirit’s role in our daily life, and invites us to co-operate with him in order that we can be able to change our self, to change our life, and to become witnesses of God’s love on earth.
Together, we pray: Come Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with the fire of your love!