Scripture Reading: Acts 2: 1 – 13
In a branch of science called Physics, there is what is known as the magnetic field of a magnet. A magnet is material that has the property of strongly attracting some other materials such as Iron, Cobalt and Nickel, to itself. Magnetic field, therefore, is the space surrounding a magnet in which a magnetic force is exerted. What this means is that once any of the materials mentioned above enters into the area of force, in a magnet’s influence, it pulls it to itself. Pardon me for boring you with this scientific stuff. The Holy Spirit is the force of God on earth. In Genesis 1: 2, the scripture says, “The earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covers everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the power of God was moving over the waters”. In the same manner, the Holy Spirit, the Third person of the Blessed Trinity, also described as the advocate, Paraclete, and counselor hovered over us and pulled us to himself, regenerating us to become true children of God.
Like the magnet, the Holy Spirit has the eternal properties of having a very strong attraction to as many as are within His magnetic field. As many as come within this field, the Holy Spirit consecrates (Romans 15: 16), Sanctifies (Matthew 15:16, 1 Peter 1: 2) renews (Titus 3: 5), and transforms (2 Corinthians 3: 18). Now, how do we come into the magnetic field of the Holy Spirit? Below are some examples, though not exhaustive:
i. During Holy Mass: The greatest influence is during the celebration of the Holy Mass where the Lord is worshipped, properly addressed, and proclaimed. At Mass, for instance, every one there worshipping in Spirit and truth, is under the mighty influence of the Holy Spirit. That is why innumerable miracles take place during the celebration of Holy Mass.
ii. During Spirit-filled Services: For instance, during praise and worship sessions, worshipers involved can call down the powers of the Holy Spirit through praises and heart-felt worship. At such times, a lot happens in the lives of the worshipers.
iii. During a Prayer Session (be it private or communal): An example is the experience on the day of Pentecost. The scripture says in Acts 2: 2, “Suddenly there was noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting”. The disciples were at this supplication awaiting His coming, as promised by the Lord. The result was the appearance of what looked like tongues of fire resting on their heads.
Beloved, the point of today’s reflection is the revelation that each time we dispose ourselves to serious activities in the Lord’s name; we invoke the sympathy and attention of the Holy Spirit. He immediately comes and demonstrates His influence and power over us. Anytime we dispose ourselves, the spirit blesses us with the following:- Power to pray (Romans 8: 26-27; Ephesians 6:18), to bear witness to the glory of God (Acts 1:8; 4: 33), to live in hope (Romans 15: 13), to perform mighty deeds and signs (Romans 15: 14), to expel demons (Matthew 12:28, Mark 16:17), and to worship in spirit and truth (John 4: 23-24).
Let us therefore, endeavour to continue to remain within the magnetic field of the Holy Spirit through consistent and focused spiritual activities that please God.
1. Take a worship song to welcome the Holy Spirit.
2. Holy Spirit of God, I surrender myself to you. Come in your power and consecrate me.
3. Take the prayer of Self Renewal.
4. Take the Trinitarian Invocation.
Exercise: Take the song: “Come Holy Ghost, creator come……..”
Memory Verse: Romans 15: 16