A Christian without the grace of the Holy Spirit is as dangerous as a moving train without a brake; a time-bomb waiting to explode. It is the Holy Spirit that stamps the authority of God on us, being the Promise of the Father to us. He is the One who directs our conscience and draws us always towards the things of God. He is the One who bears in us the fruit that pleases God.
This is why St. Paul, continuing his missionary journey, makes this enquiry of the about-twelve men he meets in Ephesus. “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Unfortunately, these men had never heard about Him. This yearning desire of Paul to ensure that the men receive this special Gift shows us the importance of the Holy Spirit in the life of every believer or Christian; that the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is not negotiable.
Now, of all the people St. Paul came across, why did he particularly ask these ones whether they received the Holy Spirit? It is because he realised something was lacking in their lives. The Holy Spirit, which helps us in our weakness, was absent so their “lack” was so glaring for all to see. It could also be that though they were alive, he could see that they were dead since the Holy Spirit was the vital life and force in every believer.
For these twelve men, the absence of the Holy Spirit in their lives was not because they had extinguished or expelled Him; they simply didn’t know about Him. What will be the excuse for you and me? We may have grieved Him by our actions and inactions or inattentiveness to Him, but there is good news. Just as Paul helped these twelve men to received Him, we can also revitalise His presence in our lives during this novena of the Holy Spirit that the Church calls us to.
The life of a Christian should be dictated by the Holy Spirit and nothing else. It is His presence in our lives that makes all the difference because He comes with all the graces we need to live holy, virtuous and upright lives that will be a sweet aroma to the Lord.
Lord help me not to be ignorant of the Helper you have promised to send us and may I develop a personal relationship with Him that I may please you.
(Acts 19:1-8; Ps. 68; Jn. 16:29-33)
KEEPING YOU ALL IN PRAYERS. PLEASE BE SAFE. GOD BLESS YOU.