Acts 13:13-25; Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25, 27;
Saint Pius V, Pope
I am. (John 13:19)
Jesus probably startled his disciples when he identified himself as “I am” and then delivered what seems to be a word problem: “Whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me” (John 13:20).
Jesus wanted the disciples to be clear. They were to give the One he would send—that is, the Holy Spirit—the same fidelity and loyalty they were giving to him and his words. He also wanted them to know that having received him meant they had received the Father, too.
In this context, “to receive” is a very active thing. It means to lay hold of, to seize, to accept, to try out. It’s not passive at all. “Go ahead and take it” rather than “Close your eyes and hold out your hands.”
This is important! Jesus wants all of us to lay hold of the Holy Spirit, to pursue him and try him out. This is the only way we will be able to do his work on earth—and it’s the only way we’ll develop a personal relationship with God. Developing both an interior spiritual life and a more outward, practical experience of the Spirit are both essential to living the life Jesus offers us. Actively receiving is the key to experiencing a life that is creative, nurturing, exciting, and full of love.
You can live like that! You can, because you have received the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Is someone you know far from the Lord? Ask the Father to give you the words and love that will draw that person to him. Is a friend or family member sick or anxious? Pray with that person, and ask for Jesus’ healing. Do problems loom at work? Ask the Spirit to inspire you with creative solutions. Your life with God is meant to overflow, touching everyone around you!
So go ahead and actively receive the Holy Spirit. Receive the Father, the One who sent Jesus. Seek to know his heart and thoughts. Spend time in his presence. Ask him questions. Ask him to make you look like him. You will be surprised and delighted by what he will do for you!
“Jesus, I want to go for it today! Holy Spirit, work in me and through me. Father, foster in me more of your character.”~WAU