Make Up Assignment: Week 1
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. Remember, we Catholics believe in the Trinity as one God but three persons. In other words, God is one being, three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and one divine nature.
In the Trinity, we see an exchange of unending love. This proceeding and outpouring of love between the Father and the Son is the Holy Spirit.
A typical misunderstanding of the Trinity is to think of God as one person with three different roles. The problem with this idea is that it depicts God as a solitary being that exists alone. However, God has revealed to us that He is truly three distinct persons and enjoys the fullness of communion with each other.
The Holy Spirit has always existed and He can be seen many times throughout salvation history:
Genesis 1:2 // “. . .a mighty wind swept over the waters.” The word in Hebrew is Ruah, meaning literally the breath of God who brings life out of nothing.
|Matthew 3:13-17 // The Holy Spirit descends on Jesus at His Baptism, and God the Father identifies Jesus as his “beloved Son.”|
In these verses, the Holy Spirit comes in specific instances. However, at the last supper, Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to stay with His followers.
|John 14:16-18 // 16 And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you. 18 “I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you.|
When the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples at Pentecost, they were:
-Filled with a profound sense of confidence and joy
-Received particular charisms where they could prophesy, heal, and work miracles
At Pentecost, the disciples finally understood the words of Jesus. Christ gave us the Holy Spirit so we may never be separated from Him again. He wanted more than just to be with us; He wanted to be within us. To have Christ and His love remain within us is to have the Holy Spirit inside of us. They are distinct persons, but their mission is inseparable. Without Him, there would be no enabling of the Christian life. He sustains us and provides us with the grace to live a holy life. To accept this invitation, we have to live authentically and boldly with the help of the Holy Spirit.