2020-05-176th Sunday of EasterRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Most of us are familiar with God the Father. We are also familiar with God the Son. But many of us are unfamiliar with the role of God the Holy Spirit.

Let us take a look at the Spirit's role in the divine plan.

First of all, the Holy Spirit participated in the creation of the world. The Book of Genesis says that just before the creation "the power of the spirit of God was moving over the water." (Genesis 1:2)

The Hebrew word for power or spirit in the Old Testament is the same word used in the New Testament to designate the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit prepared the way for the birth of our world.

The Spirit also played a significant role in the birth of Jesus. The angel Gabriel said to Mary:" The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." (Luke 1:35)

The Holy Spirit is also there on Pentecost which is the day that we celebrate the birth of the Church. The Acts of the Apostles describes the Spirit as hovering over the disciples like wind. Suddenly, fire descended upon them and these frightened followers of Jesus were transformed into a very courageous group who were willing to give their lives for Christ. Pentecost happens 50 days after Easter.

When we receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Holy Spirit comes upon us as well. It gives us the ability to talk about our faith in Jesus Christ even when circumstances are very difficult for us.

I have felt the Spirit's presence in my life many times when I am trying to teach the faith to others and I seem to come up with the correct words.

Some time ago, I suggested to you that you read the book "The Shack." It is a fictional book about the Holy Trinity. I think that the author does a good job explaining this great mystery. There is also a movie that also does the same.

Three persons in One God is a mystery that defies human comprehension. It shows us the God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit is much greater than we will ever realize while we live here on earth.

Someday, when we meet the Triune God in heaven we will understand it all. Our God is a God of love who cares about each one of us as one of his children.

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