by Sister Charlene Hockers
Throughout the 50 days of the Easter season, we heard Jesus' words of peace. He also prepared us for the coming of the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the coming of the Spirit on the Apostles "as a strong driving wind" and as "tongues of fire." Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. When we were baptized and later confirmed, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within us. It probably did not have the feeling of a strong wind or tongues of fire, but we know that the impact and power of the Spirit is always with us We are aware that there are different kinds of spiritual gifts to be used for different forms of service. Our lives are witnesses to that.
"Jesus breathed on them." When we pray, especially in the form of centering prayer, we begin by taking deep breaths in and out. We become aware of Jesus and the Spirit dwelling within us. It is good for us to repeat, "Jesus (or the Spirit) is in me AS me." When I was on sabbatical in January, one lesson given to us was to "Linger longer." That is valuable advice for daily living and daily prayer.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, breathe on me and make me more alive to God. Come, Holy Spirit, and fill me with your life.
Thanks, Charlene for your thoughful reflection! I will try "to linger longer".
Hi, Charlene...I liked your advice: " Linger longer."
We love to linger with people, books, experiences, scenery with which we are peaceful. Why not with the Spirit of Jesus?
Thank you, Sr. Charlene, for this insightful and prayerful reflection for the feast of Pentecost. I will remember your advice to "linger longer."
Thanks, Charlene. Glad you are "lingering" with us now.