Whenever the Holy Spirit makes His presence known He seems to do it in varied and dramatic ways. Even at the dawn of creation we read that the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters (Gen 1:2).
Elijah was led to the mountain where he was to await the Lord passing by. He experienced a great and strong wind… but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake, and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. And when Elijah heard it he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave (1 Kings 19:9-12).
St. Mark tells us that when Jesus came up out of the water after John baptizing Him, He saw… the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon Him (Mk. 1:9-10). A dove, a small voice, a noisy wind and tongues of fire: all powerful, all effective, all different and varied.
Today, on Pentecost Sunday, we see the Apostles gathered together with the Blessed Mother. The Holy Spirit descends upon them, once again in a dramatic way, and they begin their ministry of preaching the Good News, Baptizing thousands. In the Gospel, Jesus enters a locked room with the greeting, “Peace be with you.” He tells us that His Peace is different than what we might expect. St. Paul tells us that there are many gifts of the Holy Spirit and we’ve already seen how the Holy Spirit can manifests Himself in many different ways. It causes me to contemplate and consider how the Peace of Christ and the Holy Spirit might be related, perhaps tied together with the Lord’s Divine Mercy—a topic not to be taken for granted.