May 31, 2020
Difficult trials that we are going through today can be part to the cross that empties and humbles us to receive the light of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit needs our lowliness and our emptiness so that we can be filled with Him.
- After Jesus’s crucifixion and 2 months before Pentecost, the Church that He was forming seemed crushed, weak, sinful, humiliated and dying.
- The Holy Spirit came from Jesus’s gift of Himself on the Cross.
- Before the Apostles were worthy of the gift of the Holy Spirit, they had to become humble and less prideful of themselves.
- The Holy Spirit needs to convict us of our sinfulness so that in humility, we can accept His gift of Himself, of His mercy.
- The Holy Spirit needs our humility and our lowliness, not our capabilities or powers.
- Our trials humble ourselves to be open to receive the light of the Holy Spirit and to trust in Jesus.
Too often our spiritual feelings are so easily contaminated with spiritual pride. Oftentimes the Holy Spirit has to let us feel our misery, weakness, humanity, poverty, and spiritual poverty. St. Paul says when the Son of God became man, He emptied Himself. The Holy Spirit needed to empty the apostles of themselves so that they could be filled with Him. And the Lord needs to empty us of ourselves so that we can be filled with Him. We have the great example in this young woman of Nazareth, who some 33 years earlier, when it had been announced that the Holy Spirit was going to overshadow her. The Lord looked upon her lowliness, her humility.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t need our capabilities, our powers. Our powers are nothing for what He wants to do. What He needs, is our humility, our lowliness. Remember what the image of Divine Mercy says, Jesus, I trust in You, that’s an act of humility.