IT IS ALL ABOUT LOVE: “The Holy Spirit and You”
In our final Retreat video, we will discuss our relationship with the Holy Spirit. For many of us, the Holy Spirit has been the silent partner in the Trinity. Who is the Holy Spirit and what role does he play in our lives? Why did Jesus tell his Apostles he had to leave so that the Holy Spirit could come.
To date in ChristLife, we have been shown that we all were created for a purpose, that purpose being to share in the Father’s infinite love that he so freely offers to us. We have discussed the magnitude of the Father’s love of us in the giving up of his son Jesus in atonement for our rejection of the Father’s love. We have seen how the love of the Father for us and his son allowed Jesus to be raised from the dead, thereby giving us a “New Creation” in Jesus. In our Baptism, we are allowed to die to our lives of sin and death and to be raised up with Jesus in this new creation. We are made part of Jesus’ body, the Body of Christ as adopted sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven. We are invited to be godlike and to share in the divine love flowing through the Trinity.
All the Lord asks of us is our YES to become a disciple of Jesus, the Christ. The question for each of us is have we given the Lord our YES? Are we capable of doing this on our own? What does a person who has said YES look like and act like? Are there obstacles in our way of saying YES? Do we have a fear of living out the life of a disciple and how it will change our lives? Are we afraid of the social repercussions of being a disciple of Jesus? Are we worthy of becoming a disciple? These are difficult and soul searching questions, ones that will be discerned more fully in the Winter Session of ChristLife.
For the purposes of today’s session Fr. Erik gives us some examples of individuals who have said YES to becoming a disciple of Jesus. He speaks of the joy in these individuals, their seeking out of praise and worship of the Lord, the calmness in their demeanors. He speaks of their prayer lives and their complete trust in the Lord in how they go about their lives.
All the Lord asks of us is our YES. Jesus told us he would give us the strength to live out our YES. This strength comes to us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Jesus made us the following promises with regard to the Holy Spirit:
- The Holy Spirit will give us the strength and the power to out our a fully Christian life immersed in the Body of Christ.
- The Holy Spirit will reveal and make known to us God’s personal love for us. The Spirit will give us the joy, the peace and the calmness that are so apparent in those who have said YES.
- The Holy Spirit will reveal in our hearts the truth that we are indeed adopted sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven.
- The Holy Spirit will guide us and assist us in our prayer life. All we need do is to make the effort to pray, to open our hearts to the promptings of the Spirit and the Holy Spirit will be our channel to the Father.
- The Holy Spirit will bind us together in a Christian Community. We will be able to live our lives as the true Body of Christ comforted in the fact that we share in God’s love and have been recreated as his adopted sons and daughters.
- The Holy Spirit will give us the power, the charisms (gifts), and the confidence to bring others to Christ.
This has all been promised to us. Will you trust that this is the life that awaits you? Will you believe that the Holy Spirit will remove that void from your heart? Will you walk out onto that ledge and say YES?
A Prayer of Commitment
Lord God, Please forgive me for all the things I have done wrong. I turn to you and turn away from sin. (Pause. Silently ask forgiveness for anything you know is keeping you from God.)
Jesus, please be the center of my life. I welcome you personally as Lord and Savior of my life. I ask you Holy Spirit to fill me and empower me to live as a son or a daughter of God. I want to have your grace to truly live a new life.
Thank you for hearing my prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen