Every Sunday at Mass we affirm our belief in the Holy Spirit when we recite the Creed: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets.” These are powerful words and, because we know them so well, we may be tempted to rattle them off without much reflection. With mind, heart and lips united, we should always be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit and his promptings in our daily lives.
In Scripture, we see the Holy Spirit affecting the lives and decisions of so many people, even Our Lord himself. St. Paul was compelled by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem. Our Lady was compelled to say “yes” to the angel and become the Mother of God. St. Peter was compelled to visit Cornelius’ house and baptize the first Gentiles into the Church. Even Our Lord was compelled by the Spirit to go into the desert to fast and pray.
The Holy Spirit wants to play an active role in all our lives. He wants to counsel us and give us just the right words to say to someone who is hurting. He wants to console us when we are feeling unworthy, or hopeless, or depressed. He wants to help us to recognise our sin, and then lead us into the freedom of his mercy. He wants to convince us of God’s passionate love for us so that we can walk through life with our heads held high.
As Pentecost approaches, let us renew our faith and belief in the Holy Spirit, so that when we recite the words of the Creed on Sunday, mind, heart and lips may be united, that we may recognise the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.