Reflections of God's Goodness
We are living in a time of uneasiness. The pandemic started it. Now it seems like a daily reality. The world has gone crazy. So many believe that truth is relative. According to some, we can make our own truth and standard of behavior. Others say live and let live, meaning anything is okay. As people of faith, we believe in truth. We long for truth. The truth of who God is and the truth of who I am. Jesus reassures us...
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.”
There is so much more to life than what we see on the news or hear in the grocery store. Mystery surrounds us. Life in the Spirit of God is a deeper reality, not seen or understood by the world.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you."
As we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, let us remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and how the power from on high came to dwell within all believers and they were no longer afraid —of anything! They began to rely on the Holy Spirit of truth to guide their lives. This is God’s promise.
“The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you."
Believe God’s promises. This month, make “come, Holy Spirit” your daily prayer. Learn to recognize His voice. He will guide you, encourage you, and lift you up. He will confirm your thoughts and nudge you to action. Do not fear. The Holy Spirit will convict you when you choose the wrong direction. Listen! The Holy Spirit comes to sanctify you and, to transform you to be more like Christ.
“Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ, . . .”
Jesus last command to his disciples, is a word for us as well: “But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 My prayer for all of us is that this month we will open our hearts to receive all the Holy Spirit has to give us, so that with His power we will share our faith at every opportunity to a world in great need of the truth.
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN
“Come Holy Spirit, Take hold of my life sign me with your Holy Love Give Me Your Gifts Confirm me in Faith, Spirit Come.”