Sunday, May 27, 2012
Jesus, in His humanity was Spirit driven. At the Annunciation, He is conceived by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. When He arrives at the Jordan to be baptized by John, the Spirit is there, and immediately after that Scripture tells us that Jesus is driven into the desert by the Holy Spirit. These are just a few events in Scripture where we hear about the Holy Spirit's presence during Jesus' life. The truth is, this third Person of the Trinity was always with Him as was the Father. The Trinity is inseparable~where One is, so are the other two.
This isn't just true in the life of Jesus; it is true for us as well. If we avail ourselves to the sacraments and remain in a state of grace, the Trinity dwells within us. Jesus comes to us in a special and unique way in the Eucharist, and He leads us to the Father. The Holy Spirit is there as the unifying gift of their love~for each other and for each of us.
As the Spirit led Jesus to love the will of His Father, if we allow Him to and follow His promptings, we too will be Spirit driven. The gifts of the Holy Spirit will be enlivened in us, bearing the fruits of those gifts, leading us to live a life of virtue in accordance with the will of God.
The Holy Spirit, the Breath of God, breathes life into our Church and into each one of us.
Verses for a Pentecost Novena
by St Edith Stein (verses 4 and 7)
Are you the spirit's fullness and the power
By which the Lamb releases the seal
Of God's eternal decree?
Driven by you
The messengers of judgement ride through the world
And separate with a sharp sword
The kingdom of light from the kingdom of night.
Then heaven becomes new and new the earth,
And all finds its proper place
Through your breath:
Holy Spirit victorious power!
Are you the sweet song of love
And of holy awe
That eternally resounds around the triune throne,
That weds in itself the clear chimes
of each and every being?
That joins together the members to the Head,
In which each one
Finds the mysterious meaning of his being blessed
And joyously surges forth,
Freely dissolved in your surging:
Holy Spirit eternal jubilation!
*The prayer can be read in its entirety here.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.