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Joan's message of hope
We have just celebrated the Feast of Pentecost and how glorious that time is for the Church. Jesus promised us an advocate to walk with us on our journey here on earth and so He sent the Holy Spirit to be with us.
When we contemplate the mystery of the Trinity, we might have difficulty with understanding how God can be three persons in one. Yet, part of the reality of true faith is acceptance of this mystery. God chose to come to earth in the form of a human, to be present to us to establish our faith through the Apostles He chose. Born of a woman through the miraculous incarnation of the Holy Spirit to Mary, He lived for thirty three years and then, He died, suffering for our sins, and rose from the dead so that we who believe in Him, would be offered eternal life.
Then He sent us Himself, through the Holy Spirit, so that we would never be alone. To contact that Spirit, residing within our souls, we simply have to open our hearts and believe in His presence. We are invited to tune into that Spirit and gain confidence on our difficult days when the enemy of hope wants to devour us. We can also celebrate our good times by sharing the joy of the Lord with everyone we meet. The Holy Spirit refreshes, consoles and comforts us. Let us always be grateful for this gift.
The battle between good and evil does exist. Through the gift of this Holy Spirit, we find answers to our prayers. Look for the signs of this Spirit walking with you in your daily life.
Each time we make the sign of the cross, when we enter a church building, or before we begin our prayers, let us believe God is our Father, Jesus is our brother and the Holy Spirit, our guide throughout life.
How blessed we are to have so much support in the Trinity. As it is written in Psalm 27, "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear? The Lord is my life's refuge, of whom should I be afraid? When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies themselves stumble and fall."
You will never lose hope if you are ready to trust in God.
Joan Levy Earle