Today is Pentecost Sunday. It is the sending forth of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us.The Spirit is a person and not merely a force.
At the beginning of Christ’s mission, there is this beautiful scene where He is being baptized in the Jordan River. The Holy Ghost, God’s spirit, comes down on Him in the form of a dove and empowers Him to begin his mission of healing the human condition and starting a new creation.
When Jesus appeared to His closest followers, He breathed into them the Holy Spirit, empowering them too to spread God’s goodness throughout the world. Soon after that, God’s spirit comes over all of His followers. Today, through Christ and the power He has given His followers, God’s spirit continues to hover over a dark and chaotic world, slowly healing it and working towards the day when it is restored to its former glory.
If we want to follow Jesus and see that we need help to do so, God gives us His Holy Spirit. We need simply to ask for it, and be obedient. Once we become disciples and have received the Holy Spirit, He begins a work in us, to transform us into the image of Christ.