I want you to think about a time when you were lost. Maybe we ask, and what am I going to do now? Which, to be honest, is a little how the world seems to be feeling in the midst of this pandemic. For divine wisdom and as a Church, one of the first places we must look is into the scriptures.
Poor Thomas doesn’t know what to do. He’s freaking out. Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way? And Jesus gives them and us THE answer. Jesus says, I am the way and the truth and the life. He is THE answer. Jesus says He and the Father and the Holy Spirit are one. And we are to be united with Him and He with us. We are to be a royal priesthood, a holy nation. We are to manifest the very presence of God.
We have the answer in Jesus. Jesus who has given us His Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is meant to be our GPS. Whether at work in and through the Church, or directly in our lives. God desires that every person come to know Him, and love Him, and serve Him. And be with him forever in eternal life. And the Holy Spirit is constantly on the move to make that a reality. And it’s our job to cooperate.
The Spirit forms the Church, and the Church sends…us! “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will do the works I do, and in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” The works belongs to you and to me now. But we can only accomplish them in and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Through our baptism, you are anointed priest, prophet, and king. At that moment you belonged to the Church, but at that moment the Church also lived in you. Our baptism was a personal Pentecost, as we were birthed into the Church. And together we must pray for a new Pentecost for the whole church. That not just a few of us, but all of us, would truly know the dignity of who we are and what we are called to. Only the Holy Spirit can do that.