“Come, Holy Spirit!” I spoke these words hundreds of times during the year I was working as a chaplain in an inner-city hospital. Each time I stood outside of a patient’s room, not knowing what kind of painful situation I was walking into, I prayed for the Holy Spirit to be with me in whatever, and for whoever, I encountered. I was constantly amazed at the great peace I felt when I entered those situations with the Holy Spirit as my guide.
I have to believe that the disciples had a similar experience during Pentecost. In the Acts of the Apostles, we hear that a strong, driving wind filled the house where they were and the disciples were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. They then found themselves able to spread the message of Jesus to all those they encountered!
In the Gospel of John, Jesus appeared to the frightened disciples. The gospel says that Jesus breathed on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Jesus also says that the disciples were being ‘sent out’ to impact the lives of others. The Holy Spirit would be with them in their ministry and they were being called to go and serve others! They could find comfort and strength in knowing that they were not going out into the world alone!
We can have that same comfort and strength also. The Holy Spirit has been given to each of us for a specific reason. We are here for a purpose. Every single day that we wake up, we have a purpose. The Holy Spirit is given to each of us to be manifested in our own way and we are not alone! The Holy Spirit is with us! Today, let us be amazed as the results of this simple, yet, overwhelmingly powerful, prayer!! Come, Holy Spirit!
Sr. Jennifer Marie Zimmerman