Jesus said to his disciples, “I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (Gospel of June 9, Pentecost Sunday, Jn. 14:23B-26)
Try putting yourself in the disciples’ shoes at hearing these words at the Last Supper. They probably felt frustrated, anxious, and confused. Perhaps they even sensed that their days with Jesus in his earthly body were drawing to an end. This month, we will celebrate Pentecost and train our focus on this promise which Jesus made to each one of us: that He would never leave us; that He would send the Holy Spirit as our guide, advocate, and helper. Your body is in fact a temple of this same Holy Spirit. As disciples of Jesus and beloved sons of the Heavenly Father, let us be known as men who are constantly drawing closer to the Holy Spirit and unlocking the Spirit’s power in our lives.
This month I challenge you to deepen your relationship with the Holy Spirit by praying the words “Come, Holy Spirit” as you begin your daily time of prayer, your workday, or an activity at home. Secondly I challenge you to invite a friend or family member (who is not active in their faith) to join you at Mass or at Adoration.