PUT ON YOUR VIRTUAL REALITY GOGGLES
One of the more creative technologies being implemented in our lives today is a virtual reality presentation where all images are seen in full proportion. The clarity and depth give quite a real-life illusion to an otherwise static reality. Viewers in fact reach out to touch objects which appear in their pathway. These virtual reality goggles surely offer a unique vision of our limited horizon.
Today, we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples on the feast of Pentecost. On that day, the disciples left the upper room with a new vision. That new vision kindled within them a deep desire to fearlessly share the good news of salvation with others. It was as if they had put on new virtual reality goggles and could now see things from God's perspective.
Perhaps the coming of the Holy Spirit is like putting on new glasses. When we look at things from God's perspective, we tend to see with a vision that extends beyond our own limited reality, to see many more choices than when we look only from our own selfish perspective. Sin is the result of seeing things from one viewpoint, seeing only how a decision will affect us and forgetting how our choices affect others. We are made in such a way that we always choose what we perceive as good. Even when we do something blatantly evil, it is always so that some good can come to us. Looking at decisions the way that God looks at them with the help of the Holy Spirit keeps us from making self-centered choices.
Most of us do not remember the coming of the Holy Spirit to us in Baptism or Confirmation. Perhaps we have had experiences where the Holy Spirit has enlightened us in making important decisions. These likely were events that we believe were part of God's vision for our world. May all our future decisions in life be in harmony with God's vision for us so that we may carry out the work for which we were created. Take a magic leap today into the reality offered to us through the Holy Spirit!
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for Pentecost Sunday
O God, who by the mystery of today's great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.