The Effects of the Holy Spirit

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Jesus said to Nicodemus: “‘You must be born from above.’  The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  John 3:7-8

Do you sense the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life?  In this passage, Jesus offers an image of how the Holy Spirit works in us.  He analogizes the Holy Spirit to the wind.  We can hear the wind blowing but cannot see it.  We do, however, perceive the effects of the wind.  For example, when you see a tree swaying, you know that the wind is blowing.

So it is with the Holy Spirit in our lives.  The Spirit comes to us from an unknown source.  We may not perceive the Holy Spirit Himself, but we will be able to see the effects of the Spirit.  When we perceive a new strength within us, or an increase in virtues, or an ability to forgive, etc., we are aware of the fact that the Holy Spirit is present, leading us, transforming us and guiding us.

Additionally, we do not know where the wind goes once it passes.  So it is with the Holy Spirit.  If our lives are under the power and care of the Holy Spirit, we do not know where we will be led.  The Holy Spirit leads us in the moment but does not typically reveal our whole future.  We must be content to be led by the daily gentle presence of God, allowing ourselves to be moved here and there.  This requires much trust and abandonment. 

Reflect, today, upon the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in your life.  Look for the effects of the Holy Spirit to discern whether or not you are being truly led by God.  Allow yourself to be led and moved by the Breath of God and anticipate great things in your life. 

Come Holy Spirit, renew within me the grace of my Baptism and lead me each and every day in accord with Your divine will.  I abandon myself to Your glorious care and trust in the promptings of Your presence in my life.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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