We are nearing the end of our discussion on the twelve points of the spirituality of communion. Today we talk about the eleventh point, which is the Holy Spirit. It’s timely we are talking about the Holy Spirit as the solemnity of Pentecost approaches.
The first thing we must say about the Holy Spirit is the Spirit is a mystery we will never fathom—not even in eternity. In the end, all we can do is worship God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as the source of love and to become lost in God’s beauty. Having said this, we can say a few things about the Holy Spirit, knowing these are only sketches. One thing we know about the Holy Spirit is the Spirit is the bond of love between the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is also the bond among Christians and in fact all people of good will. The Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us (cf. Rom 8:26). The Spirit is present whenever we love one another. Still, if we wish to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us, we have to learn to silence those voices that distract us from God.
Preaching is hard work. Oftentimes trying to decide what to say in a homily is like waiting up all night for a loved one to come home. But every now and then the words come together to form a homily that inspires people. It’s as the prophet Isaiah says,
The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,
That I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.
Morning after morning
he opens my ear that I may hear;
And I have not rebelled, have not turned back (Isa 50:4-5).
Hence, when people compliment me on a homily, I like to say, “Thanks. I get by with the help of the Holy Spirit.” It’s true: the Spirit inspires the homilist with the words to say, and the result is renewed communion within the Body of Christ.
Name a time or two when you were able to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking to you as a gift. Share your experience with others.