Without the Holy Spirit, the Church would just be like any other community. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome the obstacles that we face and to do more than we could do on our own. Like the reactor that powers Iron Man’s supersuit, the Holy Spirit is the motive force that powers the Church. The life and death of Fr. Frans van der Lugt is an example of what the Holy Spirit enables us to do.
Pentecost – You cannot see the Spirit, but you can see the effects of the Spirit’s presence. We saw the Spirit: Calling, preparing the way, bringing unity, calling forth gifts, refreshment, peace, healing, joy. Our response to the Spirit: Thanksgiving.
Easter 6 – If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Only one person was ever good enough to get to Heaven on his own: Jesus himself. The rest of us have to ask for help. Fortunately, Jesus is ready to help by sending us the Holy Spirit.