Reflection from the Gospel for the Day May 9 ‘Soul Institute’ We didn’t know there was such a Thing as the Holy Spirit

In the Gospel today we read “While Apollos was in the Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior of the country and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ They answered him, ‘We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ He said, ‘How were you baptized?’ They replied, ‘With the baptism of John,’ Paul then said, ‘John baptized with a baptism of repentance,telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.’ When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Altogether they were about twelve men.” (Act 19:1-6)

Antonio Royo Marin, O.P. in his book ‘The Great Unknown The Holy Spirit and His Gifts’ writes “Incredible as it might seem after twenty centuries of Christianity, were St. Paul to ask the same question of a great many of Christians today, he would receive an answer similar to the astonishing one of the those first disciples of Ephesus. Even if the name of the Holy Ghost is familiar to them, the greater number of today’s Christians know very little of Him. Father Marin gives 3 reason why this is so. However for lack of space I will give the first of the reasons. He writes “The first reason for the general ignorance surrounding the Third Person of the Blessed trinity is perhaps due to the fact that His manifestations are little perceptible to the senses and thus largely unperceived by the vast majority of men.”

John L. Gresham in his book ‘Holy Spirit 101’ writes, “Knowledge of the Spirit must be experiential. You cannot study the wind by capturing it in a jar and bringing it into the lab for examination. Still less can we capture the Spirit. The wind of the Spirit does not sit still for a merely academic investigation. Those who understand wind the best are sailors, wind surfers, and hang gliders, those who learn to move with the wind, those who allow the wind to carry them over water and through the sky. Likewise,those who best understand the Spirit are those who surrender to the power of the Spirit and allow the Spirit to carry them forward in the spiritual journey of greater love for God and service to others.”

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem writes “The Spirit makes one man a teacher of divine truth, inspires another to prophecy, gives another to interpret holy Scripture. The Spirit strengthens one man’s self control, shows another how to help the poor, teaches another to fast and lead a life of asceticism, makes another oblivious to the needs of the body, trains another for martyrdom. His actions is different in different people, but the Spirit himself in always the same. In each person, Scripture says, ‘The Spirit reveals his presence in a particular way for the common good.'”

Come Holy Spirit and fill our Heart with Fire Love and Joy

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