Come, Holy Spirit, come! Who doesn’t need the Spirit of God with them every day of their lives, guiding, counseling, and carrying their hearts always to God? I know I am crying out to the Lord for the seven-fold gifts of His spirit which we receive today. Praise you Jesus, praise you always for leaving us your Spirit with the gifts of Awe and Wonder, Courage, Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Right Counsel, and Reverence!
The Pentecost Sequence (liturgical poetry) prayed today before the Gospel says it all:
Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end.
Now, let us go out and share these gifts with all those we encounter today. Blessed and Happy Pentecost to all of you! May we always embrace all the Holy Spirit brings into our lives.