With the Spirit, we can have a living relationship, a convinced, joyful relationship with the Lord.
On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis gave examples of how to tell if it’s the Holy Spirit speaking or if it’s Satan.
Shortly after that Mass, he led the midday Regina Caeli, and considered how the Holy Spirit teaches and reminds.
About that second verb, he looked at the Latin root, ri-cordare, and explained: “To remind means to restore to the heart, ri-cordare: The Spirit restores the Gospel to our heart.”
For the Apostles after Pentecost and for us, with the Holy Spirit we are able to “pass from an outward knowledge, an awareness of memory, to a living relationship, a convinced, joyful relationship with the Lord.”
It is the Spirit who does this, who moves from “hearsay” to personal knowledge of Jesus, who enters the heart. Thus, the Spirit changes our lives: He makes Jesus’ thoughts become our thoughts. And he does this by reminding us of his words, bringing Jesus’ words to our heart, today.
Without the Spirit, “faith becomes forgetful,” the Pope warned. “Are we forgetful Christians? Maybe all it takes is a setback, a struggle, a crisis to forget Jesus’ love and fall into doubt and fear? Woe to us, should we become forgetful Christians!”
“The remedy,” he said, “is to invoke the Holy Spirit. Let us do this often, especially in important moments – before difficult decisions and in difficult situations.”
Let us take the Gospel in our hands and invoke the Spirit. We can say, “Come, Holy Spirit, remind me of Jesus, enlighten my heart.” This is a beautiful prayer: “Come, Holy Spirit, remind me of Jesus, enlighten my heart.” Shall we say it together? “Come, Holy Spirit, remind me of Jesus, enlighten my heart.”
Then, let us open the Gospel and read a small passage slowly. And the Spirit will make it speak to our lives.
May the Virgin Mary, filled with of the Holy Spirit, kindle in us the desire to pray to him and receive the Word of God.