Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

(Acts 19:1-8; John 16:29-33)

The paintings of Alice Dalton Brown often depict the Holy Spirit.  They do not show birds or fire but wind and water and sunlight.  They tell us that the Holy Spirit makes life delightful.  They indicate how needy we would be without the Spirit like the disciples whom St. Paul meets at Ephesus in today’s first reading.

Often people consider Christian faith as dreary.  They see some followers of Jesus as joyless.  They wonder if being a disciple of Jesus is just about making costly sacrifices.  Of course, they are wrong.  They need to see that Christians have the Holy Spirit who makes their lives eminently happy.  In the reading when Paul imparts the Spirit, the disciples’ joy is expressed in their becoming ecstatic.  They immediately speak in strange voices like mountain men yodeling.

We too have the Holy Spirit as our greatest gift.  He is God Himself singing, as it were, within us and radiating happiness.  We know that close to God, we are safe from all harm.  We will conquer even death itself.