“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (Jn 14:26).
Today is the birthday of the church and the People of God! Alleluia! What an explosive beginning and introduction of the person of the Holy Spirit whom Luke attempts to describe as an uncontrollable wind and fire. These metaphors are so appropriate for the functions of the Spirit of Jesus in the world, then and today.
The gospels portray the early disciples as well intentioned followers of Jesus, but slow to understand his divine identity and the purpose of his life and mission, especially his death and resurrection. Their inadequacy are noted, but with the baptism of wind and fire and the Holy Spirit, we see them bolting from locked doors and fearlessly proclaiming the good news of Jesus the Christ to all the races of the world in words understandable to all. Ever since that day, beginning with the early men and women disciples, the new religion of Christianity has sent missionaries to the far corners of the world making salvation available to all.
One of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to protect the church and to promote the basic teachings of Jesus. This same Spirit touched the heart of St. Peter Julian Eymard early in life with an intense love for the Eucharist which ultimately led him to the priesthood and the founding of a congregation of men, women, and laity devoted to promoting knowledge and worship of this sacrament, the center of our faith.
May the Holy Spirit, embodiment of the love of the Father and the values of Jesus, touch our hearts as we strive to appreciate the depth of Christ’s love for us in this sacrament of his real Presence.
Let Us Pray:
Come Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful and
instill in them the fire of your love. Amen
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)