Friday, May 21, 2010

Who? The Holy Spirit? Who's That? - Part 1

 We know in our Faith that there is only one God, and yet God is three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We call God, The Blessed Trinity.
 
We all have some idea of Who God Our Father is. Many of us have known a person whom we might describe as “a father” or as “a fatherly person” from whom we experienced loving, strong, benevolent selfless giving.
That human father has helped us understand something about God the Father.

Now, seeing how we are all children of our own parents, you and I are able to look at our own experience of being a child, a daughter or a son.
That helps us understand something about Jesus, God the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. We are able to grasp the meaning of Jesus’ relationship with His Heavenly Father.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t really think much about God the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.

It’s a fairly common experience for human beings. Many of us don’t relate to the Holy Spirit as a Person.
We find it difficult to discuss the Holy Spirit. It seems difficult to make the Holy Spirit a conscious part of our lives and of our prayers.

As a matter of fact, in The Acts of the Apostles [19:1-7], when Saint Paul arrived in the city of Ephesus, and began to proclaim the Gospel Message of Jesus, Paul ran across some Ephesians who announced to Paul that they already were followers of Jesus.

  • Paul asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”
  • They answered him, “We have never even heard that there IS a Holy Spirit!”
So, how do you and I express the presence of the Holy Spirit who is dwelling within us?
Do we, in fact, experience the Holy Spirit within us?
Are we able to relate to the Holy Spirit as a Divine Person -- like God the Father and God the Son?

There’s a terrific paradox here! Namely, even if we haven’t been aware of this, we all have been experiencing the Holy Spirit -- throughout all of our lives!
  • In every one of our daily human experiences, we are encountering the Holy Spirit -- consciously and unconsciously! 
  • Every thing, every object that exists ... every situation and event ... every thought ... every emotion ... every person we encounter -- is like a prism that reveals the Holy Spirit.
    • A prism is a lens that breaks light into components and then reveals the many colors that exist in the invisible light which surrounds us and illuminates our world.
  • Objects, things, animals ... events ... feelings and ideas ... and people around us -- all reveal the infinite varieties of the Presence and the Power of the Holy Spirit.
  • And it is God the Holy Spirit who reveals the Presences of God the Father and God the Son within us and all around us!
To Be Continued...

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