WEDNESDAY: Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Cooperate With God
In Psalm 50/51 David acknowledged that a heart void of the Holy Spirit is doomed. In Psalm 32 David said the suffering of a stained and wrinkled soul is insurmountable but by the power of God’s grace, it is redeemable through a heartfelt confession and firm purpose of amendment. St. Paul similarly assured us even under such conditions grace flows in greater abundance (Rom.5:20). However, Christ cautioned us. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable. (Matt.12:31).
Paul, Romans 8:26-30 confirms that the Holy Spirit is the life, the longevity and advocate of the soul. He concurs with Christ who told his disciples the Holy Spirit will teach them everything and remind them of all his teachings (Jn.14:26). Thus, it is impossible for the human soul to survive and articulate its needs in the presence of God deprived of the Holy Spirit. Put differently, when the Holy Spirit is present in the human soul it enables the human person to cooperate with God’s plan of salvation. Even when the soul is in a state of anguish and it is languishing, David in his candid confession of sin admitted because of a person’s faith and love of God, and his respect for the Holy Spirit he/she will not perish. They will have eternal life (Jn.3:16-17).
Only true love and faith will draw us back into reconciliation with God who cooperates with us even when our sins are like scarlet and red as crimson (Is.1:18). God has no wish to condemn us but to save us (Ezek.18:23. 33:11; Jn.3:17). Thus, God will to all thing possible to restore us in the love of the Holy Spirit. Bearing all of this in mind we will then understand Jesus’ response to the person who asked him “’Sir, will there be only a few saved?’” “’ Try your best to enter the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try and will not succeed (Lk.13:22).’” In the mind of Christ, the narrow door is fidelity to the Holy Spirit. If the Advocate (Jn.14:16) is not within us who then can plead on our behalf? We are doomed.
Friends Christianity is not a formality; it must be a life lived in full compliance with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit must always guide us along the right path. We are living in an age when we give the language of the flesh greater advantage over the voice of the Holy Spirit. Unabashed we deprecate everything the Spirit says to embrace an irresponsible notion of freedom. A type of licentiousness that will bring us right back to where David was when he prayed his Miserere and made his candid confession. Friends, our present ideas of freedom and freedom of expression are acts of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. We cannot still claim we are Christians, still preaching the Gospel, active participant of the sacramental life of the Church and still openly contradicting everything the Spirit says – we are running ourselves.
Jesus is bold in his reprimand today, only because he really wants us to do like David – acknowledge our sin and confess them. God is willing to reinstate in his love. Let us not deprive ourselves of the Holy Spirit. Do not extricate ourselves from the narrow gate. Tow the line God and Christ mapped out for us and let the Holy Spirit be our advocate. God is still standing in solidarity with us. Please let us grab the opportunity before it is too late. God cooperates with those who love him (Rom.8:28). If we love him, we will keep his word (Jn.14:23).
Lord, I unite my voice to the cry of your servant David. Do not deprive me of your Holy Spirit.