One of the promises of the Lord, “I will never leave you until the end of time.” Hence, if we look at salvation history, God is always with us: In the Old Testament, it was God the Father; In the New Testament, it was Jesus. After He went up to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit.
What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives?
- In the first reading, the Holy Spirit gives us Courage. The apostles, after Jesus was nailed on the cross, thought they were next to be nailed on the cross. Hence, because of fear, they gathered together and locked the door. What does the Holy Spirit do to apostles? He gives them courage. Suddenly from fear they were bold enough to speak about the Gospel.
- In the second reading, the Holy Spirit is the source of Unity and Peace! We human beings are unique and special. Hence different personalities, points of view, giftedness and different missions. Part of a human relationship is misunderstandings, conflicts, and quarrels. But if people put God first, there will be unity and peace!
- Guidance. In the Gospel, Jesus said, as the Father has sent me, so I am sending you. Hence, when we are sent, we can be assured of the guidance of the Holy Spirit. That is why when we are faithful to the vocation God has given us, even though in times of difficulty and troubles, he will watch over us.
That is why in this Mass, we pray come Holy Spirit:
- Give us the courage to be able to speak the truth, never mind if we do not become popular and the world would not like to hear it.
- Make me an instrument of unity and peace starting with my mouth and words.
- Guide me in my decisions so I may give God greater glory.