“I will ask the Father , and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you…But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” John 14:16-17, 26
once a year, OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) usually take a month off from work. most choose to go back home to relax, and rekindle relationships with family and friends.
during this period, it is a treat to have some household help around to do chores for us. because while we spend eight hours a day saturdays to thursdays at work in the foreign land, we also spend after-office overtime in the kitchen to cook and do the dishes, do the laundry, clean the bathroom, vacuum the carpet, pick up groceries. the list is almost equal to the number of hours in a day.
but back in our homeland, a helper is willing and happy to do all that and more, at a comparatively lower monthly fee than what the dry cleaners and the friendly neighborhood carwash boys charge on a per job basis.
Fely is small and petite, but there is no question that she’s a lot stronger than anybody may perceive her to be. she’s almost like a superwoman. besides, she maintains that cheerful disposition no matter what she does and when ever her call time is. you see, she is not a maid who stays in the house 24-7.
Fely is our on-call helper. and she’s always available when ever we need her. for that, we are especially grateful to her. not only because she does things for us. she enables us to spend precious thirty days with our family without the hassles of usual household chores. she makes our holidays more worthwhile, stress-free and special. so that when we go back to our workplace, we are recharged, rejuvenated and renewed.
our souls also get tired and weary. especially when we live against the Lord’s teachings. when temptations come our way and we give in, our spirits experience the artificial “high” which eventually does not last long. when troubles come our way, our souls get quite a beating that leave them bruised and battered. and so like our physical limitations, we realize sooner that our souls need help too.
before Jesus ascended to heaven, He promised to give us a Helper to quench the thirst of our weary souls. a Helper to guide us through the highways and byways of life to never lose sight of God’s mansion where rooms are reserved especially for us, His children. a Helper to teach us all things, when our foolishness gets the better of us. that Helper is the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity.
today is Pentecost Sunday, fifty days after the Passover, and seventh Sunday after Easter. this was the time when the Holy Spirit came down to the men in the upper room after Jesus’ ascension to heaven. as had been promised, a strong wind filled the house and tongues of fire came to rest on each of them and they all were filled with the Holy Spirit.
since then the Holy Spirit dwells in our midst, always within reach, within us. with utmost humility, let us all acknowledge His presence and seek His guidance in every aspect of our life. especially in times of distress and tribulations. we can always depend on the Holy Spirit, our Helper, to strengthen our faint and sagging spirits with His seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel (right judgement), fortitude (courage), knowledge, piety (reverence) and fear of the Lord (wonder and awe).
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Pray: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
V. Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created,
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of Your faithful, grant that by that same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.