Grace, Mercy and Water… 15May2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)“I desire that you know more profoundly the love that burns in My Heart for souls… Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation.”

Words of Jesus to Faustina, from her Diary: par. 186


On this Pentecost Sunday it’s worth borrowing some thoughts from St. Cyril of Jerusalem:

Why did Christ call the grace of the Spirit water? Because all things are dependent on water; plants and animals have their origin in water. Water comes down from heaven as rain, and although it is always the same in itself, it produces many different effects, one in the palm tree, another in the vine, and so on throughout the whole of creation. It does not come down, now as one thing, now as another, but while remaining essentially the same, it adapts itself to the needs of every creature that receives it. In the same way the Holy Spirit, whose nature is always the same, simple and indivisible, apportions grace to each person as He wills… the effects of His action are many and marvelous.

Along with St. Cyril’s thoughts, it would be worthwhile to give some attention to one word that appears twice in the first reading’s account of that special Pentecost Sunday.

The noise… filled the entire house in which they were,

And… They were filled with the Holy Spirit.

This is a bit unusual for the Holy Spirit whose presence is normally very subtle. Mary was greeted by the angel as full of Grace, but there was no drama or noise involved with His presence. In the 2nd Eucharistic prayer, the priest prays over the gifts, Let your Spirit come down like the dewfall. Have you ever seen or heard dew fall? The Holy Spirit is present not only at Baptism and Confirmation but at all the Sacraments but do you hear or see Him? Even when someone speaks or writes with the Spirit’s inspiration His presence is subtle, invisible and quiet—yet He is present.

The point is simple. Jesus promised to send His Spirit and, on that special occasion, the birth of the Church, He leaves no question about the Holy Spirit’s presence, who desires to fill our hearts with His Life.

Deacon Richard


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