As human beings, we take so much that happens around us for granted. Waiting for the tea to brew in my cup this morning, I thought how everyone knows that if you place a tea bag in a cup of hot water, that water will be transformed. It’s no longer just water, but a cup of tea with a distinct colour and flavour. Once they’re combined, it’s no small task to remove the tea from the water. I imagine it would take a chemist a complex series of steps to separate the elements.
This is a good analogy for the way God changes our lives. Take the apostles Peter and John: they had been fishermen, but once Our Lord came into their lives, something changed them. They spent three years being steeped in his love, his teachings, and his power to heal. They saw him in the day-to-day activities of their lives. They witnessed his awful death and his resurrected glory. Then they received the Holy Spirit, who came to live in them. After all that, how could they not be changed?
We too have been changed by God. Like the tea bag in hot water, the Holy Spirit dwells within us, making a difference in our lives. Every time we celebrate Mass, every time we ponder the Scriptures, we are steeping ourselves in him. Every time we go to Confession or spend time serving people in need, his life becomes stronger in us. Our Lord is making us look and taste more like him. We become living, breathing examples of the truth that anyone who is “in Christ” is a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Through the grace of our Baptism and Confirmation, and our ongoing conversion of life, the Holy Spirit moves within us. It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to make us like Christ, only he can manage such a transformation. And all we have to do is to spend time with Our Lord and let him do his work. While we wait for the tea to brew!