The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
6th Week of Easter
Isidore the Farmer
1st Reading: Acts 16:22-34
Gospel: John 16:5-11
Jesus said to his disciples, “But now I am going to the One who sent me and none of you asks me where I am going; instead you are overcome with grief because of what I have said.
“Indeed believe me: It is better for you that I go away, because as long as I do not leave, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go away, it is to send him to you, and when he comes, he will vindicate the truth in face of the world with regard to sin, to the way of righteousness, and to the Judgment.
“What has been the sin? They did not believe in me. What is the way of righteousness? I am on the way to the Father, meanwhile you will not see me. What Judgment? The Ruler of this world has himself been condemned.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
An OFW who had just arrived from abroad bought his son a bicycle. From the bicycle store they went straight to the prayer room to pray. The son refused to enter the prayer room. He was afraid that someone might steal his bicycle. “Don’t worry” the father assured the boy, “the Holy Spirit will look after your bike.”
Inside the prayer room the father overheard his son making the sign of the cross. But the boy didn’t finish it. He said, “In the name of the Father and of the Son”. “Your sign of the cross is incomplete,” the father remarked. The boy looked at his father and said, “Dad, I thought you said the Holy Spirit will watch over my bike. Please don’t call him in!”
The father spent the next minutes explaining to the boy that the Holy Spirit can be everywhere at the same time. This is the kind of helper we love to have because we need constant protection and guidance. He is the best of all helpers, and it was so kind of God to send Him to us to sustain us.
The Holy Spirit is not just around somewhere near us but dwells within us. We are his temples. Because he resides in the deepest recesses of our being, he does the necessary maintenance like a house steward who sees to the regular upkeep of the house. It is the Holy Spirit dwelling in us that maintains harmony in ourselves. So let us embrace the Holy Spirit and allow him to dwell within us.
To embrace the Holy Spirit as helper means not doing anything that drives him away. The Holy Spirit cannot stay long in a person whose priority is not God but the world. Like the boy in the prayer room who was so attached to his bike, it can happen that because of our great attachment to the world we give up with ease the company of the Holy Spirit in favor of material possessions and earthly pursuits. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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