The Holy Spirit is the pilot light of our spiritual lives. It’s the fire that burns inside of us prompting us to pray, to seek out God, to figure out how to be.
We feed the Holy Spirit when we attend church, when we answer the call to pray, and when we take action to demonstrate the love of God.
I think of the Holy Spirit as that quiet inner voice that consistently calls me back to prayer, that prompts me to take action to help others, that gives me the energy to do what God calls me to do.
In our worship, sometimes we end it by saying “Let us go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. There is real power available. I have seen people persevere in the most difficult of circumstances because they have drawn energy from the Holy Spirit. They have discerned from that inner voice how to keep on keeping on. Jesus used the power of the Holy Spirit to perservere in the garden when he was left alone to face his certain death on the cross.
Where do I put my energy? Time and energy are limited resources. Am I using them for the right things? What is the best balance of my resources?
I set my priorities in Advent. This year, I am focused on my relationships with my family. If one of my children need help especially with a grandchild, I’m there. This is my top priority in my retirement.
I live into my priestly vocation by helping other priests. I am working to raise money for Rural and Migrant Ministry to help migrants. This is where the Holy Spirit has nudged me.
Each day, week, month and year is a balancing act of priorities. I’m grateful that I have so many choices. Listening to the Holy Spirit is a way to keep on track.