We may come to God from different places in our lives, but we still come to Him through one Spirit:
He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. -Ephesians 2:17-18, NAB
Our lives will lead us down very different paths from each other. Some may be naturally close to God; while others may have a long way to travel. Regardless of how far or near we may be now, we can change all of that through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the Advocate, will come right to where you are.
We speak often about the Father who created the world. We focus heavily on Christ who came to redeem us. But we must not forget the third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, who comes directly into our lives in a very real way.
Prior to Pentecost, few had ever experienced God directly in their lives. For them, He must have seemed distant. When Christ came, the world met God in the flesh, but once He was gone, they lost that presence, as well. But when the Father and Son sent the Holy Spirit, we were given the gift of having God present in our lives, each and every day.
Do we take the Holy Spirit for granted? WIthout Him, we would not have a personal relationship with Christ – regardless of the depths of our faith. Even the strongest Christians would not know the experience of having God in their lives.
Whether you are near or far, strong or weak in your faith, you can rest assured that the Holy Spirit will come to you. Allow the one Spirit into your heart and connect with the Father and Son in a whole new way.
NOTE: On Saturdays, I will now be posting reflections for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass readings. Sundays will continue to be special topics based on relevant current events, and weekdays will continue to focus on a given book of the Bible (which is currently Ephesians).