Where’s the Holy Spirit?
In the Gospel, the Lord promises “the Advocate,”
who “will teach you everything.”
Doesn’t that sound like what our moms do for us?
Never doubt the Holy Spirit often speaks through mom!
In the Book of Acts, we see the Holy Spirit
working through the Apostles, as they build the Church.
In Revelation—the final book of Scripture—
we see the Spirit has completed his work:
A glorious City, full of God’s Light.
So, what about us?
How, in our time, is the Spirit at work?
Consider things we usually think are important:
· How many nuclear bombs do you have?
· How did your stock do this week?
· Which actress is Brad Pitt going out with these days?
· How is your favorite sports team doing?
· What’s on sale, and where can I buy it?
In other words, if we don’t see the Spirit at work,
could we be looking at the wrong things?
So let’s look again. And let me tell you,
this is where being a priest is so great.
I get a ring-side seat!
Someone comes to confession,
someone comes to our 24-hour chapel—
what draws them there?
When people forgive—what power enables them to do it?
You visit someone in prison—and he tells you,
he’s never felt freer, or more at peace, in his life.
Because he has nothing left…except the Holy Spirit.
So, where do you see the Holy Spirit at work?
May I suggest, you see him in surprises.
When what happens is what no one expects.
A lot of us remember the Cold War.
Conflict between freedom and communism? No surprise.
That the Cold War eventually ended,
or that the Free World won, was also, no surprise.
But how it ended—that, no one expected.
One day, someone knocked a hole in the wall,
and everybody poured through—
and nobody fired a shot!
Is the Holy Spirit at work today…in the Church?
If you look for what’s wrong, you will always find it.
If you look for what’s right, I think you’ll find a lot more.
Yes, we had some bad priests and weak bishops,
and they did a lot of harm. But we’re cleaning that up.
One result is not only that the whole Church
expects more from her priests and bishops;
but also, we expect it from each other.
One of the things the Second Vatican Council
emphasized was a universal call to holiness—
so it’s not just priests calling the people to holiness,
but the people calling their priests to the same thing!
One final thought.
Discovering what the Holy Spirit is doing might be
as easy as turning off some things:
The TV and the Internet.
Take off your watch, and forget about
where you think you need to be next.
When everything is silent—including your own thoughts…
What might you see, and hear, then?