Provocative, isn’t it?
How can anyone say that Jesus isn’t enough? When we pray, we pray to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, but do we really focus on the Holy Spirit? We often say, “Lord, have mercy”, “Praise God!”, or “I love you, Jesus”, but when was the last time we invited the Holy Spirit into our hearts, and asked Him for help in making a decision? He is our counselor, after all.
This is what I’ve been doing lately, seeking the Holy Spirit. I’ve been feeling dry, used up, and out of options, even though I pray daily, go to Church weekly, and go to Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, but something was missing. Even the greatest of saints have gone through spiritual dryness, so I wasn’t too concerned about it, I knew God would carry me through it, whatever was missing. What disturbed me even more was that it felt like my children also were “dry.” Nightly prayers were dull, they seemed to be led astray by friends and something was just not right. So, I decided to pray to the Holy Spirit. “Come Holy Spirit. Allow your voice to be loud and strong in my children. Light a fire within them. Come Holy Spirit.”
And something radical happened.
Instead of just coming to my children, He lit a fire within me! Everywhere I turned, everything I did, pointed to the Holy Spirit. My religious education class talked about the Holy Spirit being our “Circle of Grace.” Our Gospel reading that week was the Baptism of Jesus, where the Trinity is present. My Bible study gave me a prayer card for the Come Holy Spirit prayer – which I was just thinking of adding to our evening prayer choices. I was reading Revelation 4 in my Adoration, and it spoke of the seven spirits of God which are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in Isaiah 11:2-3:
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
Even the second reading this past week explained some of the gifts given by the Holy Spirit (1 cor 12:4-11). Finally, what really nailed it home, was my EpicPew editor suggested someone do some research and write about this new series about the Holy Spirit. I thought to myself, “OK God, I think I finally am hearing you.” (Yes, sometimes it takes me awhile, thankfully God is very patient).
How can Jesus not be enough?
We have the fullness of Christ when we partake in the Blessed Sacrament, and we pray to our God, but many times we forget about the Third Person in our Triune God. We are given the gift of the Holy Spirit during Baptism. We call upon the Holy Spirit to guide us and give us the wisdom to do what is right and good especially, during preparation for Reconciliation. Finally, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit during Confirmation, to go out and be a Catholic example to the world. But for the most part, in our daily lives we do not call upon the Holy Spirit to give us His other gifts, such as joy, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and fear of the Lord. This is what I was missing, and I believe this is what our world is missing. Jesus gave us our Counselor for a reason, so that we didn’t stay locked in the upper room with the Apostles, but that we would go out into the world and light it on fire with love and zeal for the Lord, our God.
Our mission is to renew the fire within all of us by asking the Holy Spirit to come upon us as He did the Apostles. God does not only give us exactly what we need, but he gives us above and beyond. Luke 6:38 says:
good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.
This isn’t only what we will receive when we give, but in all things! We need to repeat these words, “Come Holy Spirit, come,” in prayer, breathing slowing, really feeling the love and power of the Holy Spirit, so that we can be filled, running over into our lap, the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be used in our daily lives. When we use the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we too will see the fruits of His work:
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
We may not be called to missionary work, or speaking in tongues before thousands, but in leading our families in our own homes to live in love for the Lord.
We also should seek out ways to call upon the Holy Spirit, and I invite you to join me along the journey with Fr. Dave Pivonka in his online (free!) series at The Wild Goose is Loose. It is a transforming series, which has lit the fire of the Holy Spirit within me. Six of the segments have been released, with a total of 14 through March 10th. Fr. Pivonka explains that St. Paul encountered a group of people in Acts 19:2 who “have never heard of the Holy Spirit”. Still today, we have a limited knowledge or experience with the Holy Spirit. We need to work to change this through calling His name, through prayer and by learning more about who the Holy Spirit is.
Come join me, and post below how the Holy Spirit has been calling you into communion with Him. This is the first part in a series of posts which cover the wonder and power of who this Third Person is, and how we, just like the disciples at Pentecost, can be lit on fire to transform the world around us.
Come Holy Spirit, come.
Learn more about the series at “The Wild Goose is Loose.”