May 19, 2013
I read this story the other day: A Sunday School teacher taught her class to recite the Apostle’s Creed by giving each child one phrase to learn. When the day came for the class to give their recitation, they began beautifully.
“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth,” said the first child. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord,” said the next. And so it went perfectly until they came to the child who said, “He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty: from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.”
At that point an embarrassed silence fell. The next line was to be, “I believe in the Holy Spirit….” but there was only silence. Finally, a little girl spoke up and said: “uh, the little boy who believes in the Holy Spirit is absent today.” (From Dynamic Preaching CD, King Duncan, writer May 19, 2013.)
From the looks of things, there are many persons who “believe in the Holy Spirit,” who are absent today. As a church we don’t think of the Holy Spirit very often. Even our prayers to the Trinity seem to gloss over the Holy Spirit, sort of an afterthought to our praise to the Father and the Son. In reality however, the Holy Spirit is our lifeline in the Trinity to God’s love therein. The Spirit is the third person in the Trinity who keeps alive the grace that exists within us, that grace which is love. It’s simply God’s life alive within us.
Can we say that the other two persons are not involved in our lifeline of love? No, but in our human way of thinking we attribute certain activities to each person. Next week, we’ll talk about that a little more. From the readings that we share today, we know that the Spirit came to the apostles and all those gathered in the upper room and filled them with such a desire to go out and preach the word that nothing could stop them. They just had to do it. The Spirit was that strong.
On April 14, Bishop Isern was in Durango for the confirmation of 20+ young men and women who had expressed their desire to receive that sacrament. The Spirit will work in their lives as the years go on; they have made that commitment to let the Spirit work in their lives. Our prayer is that the Spirit will work in our lives as well, as we have made that commitment too! We pray too that there will be more and more people who will be able to say every day: “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” God bless you everyone.