Reflection by Mother Maria Michael Newe, OSB.
The Church is now beginning to look forward to the coming of the Holy Spirit. We are being told to really pay attention to this, and not only pay attention, but to desire it. We hear from the Acts of the Apostles, a verse that is timeless, as necessary to us as it was to the first Christians: “the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul taught.” It’s the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ Jesus Himself who opens our heart to hear the words of God, to hear His instructions, to “get the map” of where God is leading us. If we aren’t open to the Holy Spirit, how can we have the life of God in us? When we are open, there is nothing that can stop the life of God from leading us forward.
We should focus on the gifts and the healing of the Holy Spirit now. We should ask for healing for without healing, how can we ever be whole in God? How will we be able to help others come to wholeness if we ourselves haven’t learned where the medicine is? God is that medicine. His Word heals everything, if we are open. But we can only be open to it if we know our own brokenness and desire it to be healed. There’s nothing wrong with seeing brokenness within ourselves. In fact, there’s something wrong if we don’t see it or won’t admit it, for then we won’t ask for it.
We are called to be instruments of God. Each of us is a different instrument and has a different place in the Body of Christ but, we are all God’s instruments. That should bring the excitement of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we see the Holy Spirit working not only in our own lives but also in others’ lives, we will have the joy of the Holy Spirit.