This is perhaps a gift we have all become more in-tuned with as we have watch spring erupt around us. We notice the subtle changes in our yards, our parks and our days. The brilliance of the sun setting over the silhouette of trees or the emerging of buds opening up after winter. God’s glory and majesty is constantly on display for us, yet we often miss the power of this gift, His expression of love. By opening ourselves up to recognizing God’s gifts and power, we automatically create an opportunity deepen our faith. If we allow ourselves, we can be wowed by the power of God. How do we acknowledge this gift? The same God that lovingly created the universe waits to hear from you. Look around. This is all a gift and we are constantly being called in to communion with God be it with through nature, creatures or each other. God’s glory reminds us of our utter dependence upon Him
As we move toward Pentecost this week, let us hold close the fact that we are filled with the Holy Spirit and thereby graced with the gifts of wisdom, understanding, courage, knowledge, right judgment, reverence and wonder and awe. As a result of being fortified with these power gifts, our actions should ultimately reflect the fruits of the Holy Spirit charity joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity.
Father Thomas Richstatter beautifully wrote in his article Confirmation: Sacrament of the Spirit, of how Jesus is the perfect manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. “Through the Gospels we see how these seven gifts form Jesus’ personality. They are characteristic of his activity. Consider the wisdom expressed in his parables; his understanding of the poor and the sick; his right judgment when tested by the Pharisees; his courage to continue the journey to Jerusalem where he surmised what fate awaited him; his knowledge of God’s will; his reverence for is heavenly Father, his awe before the wonders of creation – the lilies of the valley, the birds of the air….The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are the manifestation of the Divine Power active in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.”