Have you ever found yourself in the “upper room” afraid, fearful with the doors locked? When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Acts 2: 1-4
For months, but more so within the last 24 hours I have been reminding myself of St Ignatius’s “Rules for Discernment.” I seem to have an overload of second half of life thoughts running through my head. On this Pentecost Sunday I sit listening to the Holy Spirit within, feeling the movements that are leading me towards what I most desire, in turn what God desires for me. As Jesus followers sat in the upper room on Pentecost Sunday,afraid and unsure of their future, it was the coming of the Holy Spirit that comforted them. There are seven gifts from the Holy Spirit:
3. Right Judgement
7. Fear of God
As much as I would love to jump to the gift of courage, I need to first unwrap the gifts of knowledge and wisdom. I need to better understand and listen to the inner voice of right judgement ( discernment). Once this happens I can slowly un wrap the gift of courage, the gift that is required to make hard decisions. It is through this gift of courage that I can overcome fear, climb over the walls in front of me, take risks and move in Gods guiding direction.
Besides the strong winds of Pentecost, we have around us the gentle breezes of everyday life. The winds of the Holy Spirit are always blowing, all we need to do is put up the sail and let God move us.