Love in the Time of Corona


May 25, 2020 - Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter


He said to them, “Did you receive the holy Spirit when you became believers?”

They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a holy Spirit.”

Acts 19: 2


Fr. Jorge Rátiva, O.P.

If Paul were to ask us the same question he posted to some of the disciples upon his arrival in Ephesus, what would be our answer. Contrary to Paul´s audience most of us could not say that “We have never even heard that there is a holy Spirit.” Many of us have heard of the Holy Spirit in homilies, reflections, retreats, lectures, books, and the list goes on. But, have we heard not only that there is a Holy Spirit, but what the Holy Spirit has to say to us? What is he telling us in the midst of this pandemic? The Holy Spirit speaks to us in so many different ways: an inspiration that comes at the right moment, a spiritual intuition about someone’s need or pain, or an inner movement to pray for someone.


As we move closer to celebrate Pentecost, may we be attentive to the Holy Spirit´s presence and action; and as Paul´s listeners, may we be empowered by the same Holy Spirit to continue Jesus´s mission on earth. May the same Holy Spirit give us the grace to have our eyes and ears open to see that even in the uncertainty of this pandemic, He gives the certainty that the Kingdom of God is unfolding.