Getting close to the Feast of Pentecost, it is vital and necessary to focus on the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit. One thing that stikes me, though, is the way in which the Holy Spirit ‘lifted the veil’ not only on the way the disciples saw the world, but also on their sense of perception. It was as if they could not only see better, but that they could also ‘hear’ better. When God spoke, they could not help but hear. When he called, they could not help but follow. Listen to these words by a Benedictine abbot at the consecration of a monk:
When God calls He means business! He calls and you must respond ‘Yes” or ‘No’. Anything less or different would be a lie to Him and to yourself. The response can be nothing less than total. Part time monks are like part-time Christians; they are good only for Sunday Mass statistics!
What we need is the ability to hear–an ability to perceive the Holy Spirit’s radical call in our lives!