Pentecost this year has been great! Had a time of praise and worship with some friends who are familiar with the Charismatic spirituality. I don’t remember the last time I just sang spontaneously and smiled so much while singing a song. For some reason, every time I sing a praise and worship song I smile myself silly, the words just goes directly into those parts of my body that makes me smile, and I’m grateful for that.
Another thing that I really miss doing was done today too, praying and singing in tongues. This is one of the gifts of the Spirit that I have held on to very closely to my spiritual journey. Those who aren’t familiar with the Charismatic Renewal normally label us as crazy or some other thing.
They see us lifting up our hands, dancing, crying, laughing, praying or singing in ‘gibberish’ and they wonder what has taken us over. The thing is that we base our practices on the fact that the Holy Spirit has come into the world and that He was invaded our lives quite mightily. Yes, our worship practices can be deem weird, but it was never weird back in the day.
We believe in the renewal that the Spirit provides to all of us, to anyone who is open to His infilling and indwelling. No one monopolizes the gift of the Spirit, we only move and respond to Christ in the way that the Spirit has revealed Him to us, and you better believe that the revelation we receive is one of love and grace.
Why do we put up our hands in praise and worship? We have seen Jesus, lifted on the Cross; arms outstretched, ridiculed before Abba, the heavenly host and His own people. When we recognize that, when the Holy Spirit reveals that to us, we begin to shame fall off from our lives, we’re no longer ashamed of the Gospel; the Good News that Jesus came and died for us in that way. What was deemed as folly to the world, God has made for us wisdom.
Why do we speaking or sing in tongues, seemingly a gibberi-c lingua? We understand that we do not know how to pray as we ought and that we need the Spirit’s help, He intercedes in us with sighs and groans that cannot be expressed in speech, what you hear being spoken in our meetings are unintelligible to the human ear or mind, but it is the groans of the Holy Spirit in us.
We yearn for what God has prepared for us, what no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind can imagine. If what He has prepared for us goes beyond what we can perceive then it is only natural that the praise we give to this Indescribable God be also indescribable. The groans and sighs come forth in praise, worship, joy and prayer and we are quite happy to look like fools in the eyes of others in order to be wise in the eyes of God.
Do you need the Charismatic Renewal to be filed with the Holy Spirit? No, you don’t. Not everyone is called to worship God in this manner, but the everyone is called to be close to the Holy Spirit, everyone is encourage to know Him more and love Him. What He does in you and gives to you is between you and Him.
Veni Sancte Spiritus!
Gonna do some studies today. Have a reflection to give tomorrow and the day after at a youth gathering. Its been a long time. Haven’t spoken to a youth group as often as I want too since moving out of my home country two years ago.
Now if I can only put this tablet down so that I can start preparing my lesson plan.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
- Jn 14:18
Jesus promises one of the most powerful gifts today, the gift of His Holy Spirit. It’s through this same Spirit that we come to know that we are God’s children, sons and daughters of Abba. The Spirit is a pledge of salvation.
Paul says that the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. We know God’s endless love through the Spirit, He reminds of Calvary. The Holy Spirit breathes into us the love relationship of the Father and the Son and makes us participants in the Divine life of the Trinity.
As believers filled with God’s Spirit we recognize that we are in the world but not of the world, we’re just passing through. We’ll soon go to that place where He has gone before us. He reminds us that we cannot get comfortable with this place, we don’t belong here. This is why Paul calls us to the renewing of our minds in Romans 12.
Jesus says that He will be with us, and it is through the Spirit that He remains with us, ever close to our hearts. In the Holy Eucharist, the priest calls on the Spirit to descend ‘like the dewfall that they [bread and wine] might become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eucharistic Prayer II). The Holy Spirit makes present to us the gift of love, of self sacrifice in the Eucharist.
We are not left alone, in every place and every time, Jesus is present with us through His Spirit. This should empower us to be witnesses for the good news of our salvation to all around us. We are called in the Spirit, born of the Spirit and sent in the power of the same Spirit to declare that we don’t have to be alone, we can have a companion, a companion of love.
Don’t neglect God’s Spirit. Don’t grief Him. Thank Him today and make it a point to pray for a renewal to happen in the Church. That we may be empowered by the Spirit to do what He wants us to do and not do our own will.