Today we experience what the ancients longed to see. “Oh, that you would tear the heavens open and come down!” (Is. 63:19). At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit tore the heavens open, coming down in tongues of fire to change the apostles from men who cowered in fear to men who boldly proclaimed the risen Christ. Our baptism and confirmation give us the same boldness in the Truth!
The Blessed Virgin had already given consent to the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, her spouse, at the Annunciation. And she was there to prepare and accompany the apostles to be transformed forever from timidity to boldness in love.
But how do we live out that boldness?
Let God Do It
A friend told me today that she prays, “God lead me in your path, even if I know nothing about it.” The same thought has been on my mind lately. Because my prayer too often assumes that I am on the wrong path and I beg God to put me right.
But what would happen if I assumed that God hears my prayers, knows what he’s doing, has actually sent the Holy Spirit, and I’m on the right path without knowing it? Wouldn’t that change everything?
Low Confidence in Myself
I become discouraged when I rely too much on my own strength to become holy and do the virtuous thing. I see my failures and wonder whether I can ever do it.
Did I say “I”?
Confidence in the Spirit
Believing that God is guiding me—really believing it, though we may not see it—changes our attitude toward everything. It frees us from doubt and even self-doubt. Because it’s not about us, it’s about God working in us.
That kind of faith in our personal daily “pentecost,” which is about receiving rather than just doing, frees us to love without worrying about the results. It frees us to do that scary thing for God that will give someone else the courage to take holy risks. It frees us from worry about the future because we really believe that the good God is in control.
God has big plans for us! They include giving us everything we need to become the image of His Son, through whom and for whom we were created. And we know that’s just the beginning: he plans to keep us close to him forever in heaven.
I challenge you to live this week as if all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are yours, that they are already alive and active in you. I challenge you to take your eyes off your weaknesses and look instead at God’s victory in you, as you receive the tongues of fire he is sending you right this moment to his glory—and yours.
Scroll down and share one thing you can do this week to show boldness in love.