The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly
and speaks of earthly things. But the one who comes
from heaven is above all. He testifies to what
he has seen and heard, but no one accepts
his testimony. Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God
is trustworthy. For the one whom God sent speaks
the words of God. He does not ration his
gift of the Spirit. The Father loves the Son and
has given everything over to him. Whoever believes in
the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the
Son will not see life, but the wrath of God
remains upon him.
Introductory Prayer: I come
before you, Lord, poor and unworthy. Yet you welcome me
with such love. With my effort during this meditation
I want to make a small return on your
Petition: Help me to cooperate with
your greatest gift, the Holy Spirit.
1. No Rationing: Jesus
does not ration the gift of the Spirit. By and
through the Holy Spirit, Christ lifts our whole life
to another plane. The Lord’s generosity is amazing. Think
of the Eucharist. Every time we receive the Lord, he
leaves in our soul a renewal and deepening of
the Holy Spirit’s presence. With every communion we are
preparing our bodies and souls for the immortality of the
Resurrection. Of course, such a gift invites a response.
In the face of such generosity, how can we
be stingy in return?
2. A Gift of Unity: The
gift of the Spirit is vital for our human relationships.
Jesus’ ardent prayer at the Last Supper was for
the unity of his disciples: “that they all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in
you” (John 17:21). For a unity like that, the
Holy Spirit is absolutely indispensable. The gift of the Spirit,
in order to be effective, provides the antidote for
all our tendencies to disunity. The Spirit combats our
pride and egotism by reminding us of Christ’s humility. He
stirs up the realization that we have to live
in charity and provides us with the strength to
give without counting the cost. He enables us to persevere
3. A Personal Gift: The depths of our
hearts is where we ultimately experience this gift of
the Spirit. But at times we feel more like a
dry well than a spring of water welling up
to eternal life (cf. John 4:14). The Holy Spirit
is at work — in abundance — no less in
the moments of dryness than in the moments of
consolation. He seeks to purify us of the petty attachments
that hold us back. He directs us to seek
God for his own sake and not to turn
to him only as a divine dispenser of spiritual candy.
But still, we should await the moment of consolation
with the hope-filled knowledge that the Lord is near.
When we experience this consolation, we will experience confirmation that
the Lord’s gift of the Spirit is unlike any
Conversation with Christ: Lord, the Holy Spirit
is the soul of Church. He is the gift you
have given us with such generosity. Help us to
live more in accord with this truth. Help us to
be obedient when we are tempted to pride. Help
us to love when we are tempted to reject.
May your Holy Spirit constantly reinforce the bond that holds
Resolution: I will foster
charity by paying special attention to the inspirations of the