A well-known insurance company has one of my favorite sayings: “You’re in good hands.” This pledge is repeated in a calm voice by a man whom we seem to trust. The message is reassuring, caring, and comforting, just like the readings for today. Paul questions the present disciples who tell him they received the baptism of repentance of John. They are then told they were to believe in the one who was to come after him, Jesus. Paul lays his hands on them, and the Holy Spirit dwells within them. Once able to heal and cast out demons, now they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
These are indeed good hands, hands that Christ chose to carry on his tender, loving care and the education of his apostles, disciples, and believers. This message of hope and rejoicing is continued in Psalm 68, and we are encouraged to sing to God, show delight before him, and celebrate the presence of the paraclete.
Christ assured the disciples that the Holy Spirit would interact with them just as he had. The paraclete is empowered to be personal, powerful, and protecting as he calls us to a holier life. He was assigned to strengthen the truths of Christ, to teach us about the things to come, to love as Jesus loved. The Holy Spirit came in answer to Christ’s statement, “If I go, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7. The Holy Spirit is there to act as an intercessor on our behalf. His indwelling is the promise of our future with God.
Have you ever sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life? He comes like the wind, and we cannot see him, only the effects of the wind. Be attentive to strengthening the spirit within you, an increase in virtues or grace.
Let us pray.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful. Teach us to listen to the inner guidance always present for us. Instill in us a calmness, a gentleness, a softer way of living and loving. If you are with us, we are never alone. Through you, we are drawn to the Father and his Son, Jesus. Amen.
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