This Sunday the church celebrates Pentecost Sunday, we honor the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ.
In Isaiah 11:2 the gifts of the Holy Spirit are the following: Wisdom, Understanding, the gift of Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. When Jesus said to them receive the Holy Spirit along with it I am very sure that they received these gifts also. That’s why when the disciples were commissioned by Jesus they were all full of zeal to spread the good news of our salvation even at the risk of their martyrdom.
How can we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in us and how can we have the gifts that Isaiah mentions? We need first to develop a deep intimacy with Jesus and then without us knowing it we are slowly being ushered into the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives until such time that we have a full awareness of its presence in us.
The Holy Spirit dictates on us to always do good, to forgive those who have hurt us. It acts as our conscience that bothers us whenever we do wrong, it impels us to do good also. As much as possible it wants to permanently reside within us. But it also moves away from us the moment we start to do things contrary to the will of God for us. It is therefore imperative for us to always be attuned to what God wants us to do and that is to always follow His will.
On the first part of the gospel, Jesus greeted the disciples: “Peace be with you.” He did this twice to assure them that amidst the coming persecution from the Jews. The peace that Jesus gives us is priceless it cannot be quantified by any amount of money or any material possession.
Jesus gives this peace to us through the Holy Spirit the moment we start to have faith and trust in Him.
What are the things that bother you right now? Is it sickness, Money, Unstable family relationship? Humbly ask Jesus to give you His peace and invite the Holy Spirit to come into your life.