Deacon Jim Olson’s Homily
May 10, 2021
291 5-10-21 6th WOE John 15:26-16:4
The Person and role of the Holy Spirit.
As Jesus approaches the hour He was to be glorified – through his death on the cross and His resurrection – He revealed more fully to His disciples the person and role of the Holy Spirit.
What does Jesus tell us about the Holy Spirit? First, the Holy Spirit is inseparably one with the Father and the Son. It is the Holy Spirit who gives life – the very life of God – and who makes faith come alive in hearts and minds of people who are receptive to God’s word. The Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to know God personally. He gives us experiential knowledge of God as our Father. The Spirit witnesses to our spirit that the Father has indeed sent His only begotten Son into the world to redeem it and has raised His Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead and has seated Him at His right hand in glory and power. The Holy Spirit reveals to us the knowledge, wisdom, and plan of God for the ages and the Spirit enables us to see with the “eyes of faith” what the Father and the Son are doing. Through the gift and working of the Holy Spirit we become witnesses to the great work of God in Christ Jesus.
“O merciful God, fill our hearts, we pray, with the graces of your Holy Spirit with love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control. Teach us to love those who hate us; to pray for those who despitefully use us; that we may be the children of your love, our Father, who makes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. In adversity grant us grace to be patient; in prosperity keep us humble; may we guard the door of our lips; may we lightly esteem the pleasures of this world, and thirst after heavenly things; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Prayer of Anselm, 1033-1109)