Category Archives: The Holy Spirit

“Strive to Enter Through the Narrow Gate…”

Today’s Gospel has Jesus telling us to “strive to enter through the narrow gate.” He also warns that many will try and fail.

You have to ask, “What will make the difference between entering and not entering?”

There is a passage in the book of Wisdom that, to paraphrase, says, “The desire for Wisdom leads one into the Kingdom.” The desire for Wisdom….. As we know, wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who will lead us through that narrow gate. It is the Holy Spirit who softens our hearts and makes us flexible enough to go through a narrow gate. It is the Holy Spirit who, with inexpressible groaning, helps us make that passage.

There are two traps into which many of us fall. Trap number one: thinking, “If I only do one more thing to please God” or “If only I pray more perfectly” or “If only I try harder and be more perfect then I will make it.” Trap number two: thinking, “It’s all up to God anyway, so I will carry on like I am and leave it up to him. He will work his miracle in me when he wants. I’ll just wait and see.”

Anyone who has ever been caught up in the cycle of habitual sin, or maybe lost in an addiction, knows full well that they cannot recover by means of their own efforts alone; they need God’s help. They also know they have to do their part, one day at a time, to stay in recovery. Recovery from sin or from addiction is entering through the narrow gate.

May everyone of us, each day, either literally or figuratively, prostrate ourselves before the feet of the Lord and pray, “Holy Spirit, I am here this day. I will do whatever you set before me, but I need you help to bring it to completion. I am depending on you to strengthen and enlighten me this day.”

Strive, but strive with the Holy Spirit……

“Come Lord Jesus, Send Us Your Spirit, Renew the Face of the Earth!”

David Haas’ song, Send Us Your Spirit, is resonating in my mind this afternoon.  It was played and sung at three of the four Masses in our parish cluster this weekend. You know the words:

 

Come Lord Jesus, send us Your Spirit, renew the face of the earth.

Come Lord Jesus, send us Your Spirit, renew the face of the earth.

Fill us with the fire of Your love. Burn in us now. Bring us Together.

Come to us. Dwell in us. Change our lives O Lord. Come to us Spirit of God.

Come Lord Jesus, send us Your Spirit, renew the face of the earth.

Come Lord Jesus, send us Your Spirit, renew the face of the earth.

Send us the wings of new birth. Fill all the earth with your love You have taught us.

Let all creation now, be shaken with love. Come to us Spirit of God.

Come Lord Jesus, send us Your Spirit, renew the face of the earth.

Come Lord Jesus, send us Your Spirit, renew the face of the earth.

(Copyrights: David Haas)

 

Isn’t this a wonderful way to close the Easter season? As we begin again Ordinary time, a time in which we go forth renewed by the Easter mysteries and strengthened by the Holy Spirit to call the world back to Jesus, we can do so singing, Come Lord Jesus, send us Your Spirit, renew the face of the earth! Come to us Spirit of God! For it is God’s work we do, not ours. We will renew the face of the earth only with the Spirit of God.

If only every morning, as we awaken from sleep, we would have first come to mind these words, Come Lord Jesus, send us Your Spirit, renew the face of the earth!” It would be an apt expression of our love for the Lord and the placing of ourselves in the hands of Jesus to renew the world. We would rediscover the missionary calling of the Church. We would be filled with the fire of His love. All of creation would be shaken.

Could you imagine if over one billion Catholics worldwide would awaken every morning with that prayer?

The face of the earth would be renewed.

Come Lord Jesus! Come to us Spirit of God!