MEDITATIONS ON CHRISTIAN DOGMA.TREATISE II. 15. JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOLY GHOST.
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MEDITATIONS ON CHRISTIAN DOGMA.
15. JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOLY GHOST.
I. Jesus Christ, as man, was abundantly glorified by the Holy Ghost, who was poured out upon Him in infinite measure. Of old the Holy Spirit had inspired the prophets who foretold Our Lord s coming : He effected the mystery of the Incarnation in His chaste Spouse, the Blessed Virgin Mary ; He guided the Sacred Humanity, as when He led Our Lord into the desert and descended on Him in the form of a dove. Jesus Christ declares part of the function of the Holy Ghost where He says, "He shall glorify Me" (John xvi. 14). And this the Holy Spirit does, demonstrating by miracles that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, and moving men by inspirations of grace to believe in Him. In return Our Lord glorified the Holy Ghost, revealing Him to mankind in the august mystery of the Holy Trinity, communicating Him to the Apostles and the Church, speaking of Him with profound respect, teaching men their duties towards the Spirit of God and the enormity of sinning against Him. You should imitate Our Lord in this. Contemplate the qualities of the Holy Ghost, the modes of His manifestations to us, the functions appropriated to Him in the external operations of the Trinity both in the natural and in the supernatural orders ; and from all this conceive a special veneration and love for Him.
II. Proceeding to particulars, we find Our Lord applying terms of respect and titles of honour to the Holy Ghost. In the Old Testament He says : " Come over to Me, all ye that desire Me, and be filled with My fruits ; for My spirit is sweet above honey " (Eccfi. xxiv. 26, 27). To the woman of Samaria He speaks of the Holy Ghost as the " Gift of God," and says that this will be " a fountain of water springing up unto life everlasting" (John iv. 10, 14). Again He tells the Apostles of the great effects which will be wrought by the Holy Spirit. " When the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from My Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceedeth from the Father, He will give testimony of Me" (John xv. 26). And instructing them as to their speech before their persecutors He says : " It is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you " (Matt. x. 20). Our Lord further magnifies the Holy Ghost above Himself, and values His honour even more than His own. "Whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him : but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him either in this world or in the world to come " (Matt. xii. 32). Be careful not to commit the dangerous sin of resisting the Holy Ghost, and His inspirations to action or suggestions of truth. Beware of self-will and obstinacy in sin, lest they lead you to final impenitence.
III. Our Lord further magnifies the Holy Ghost by sending Him on the Apostles and the Church to complete His own work of Redemption. He says that the Holy Ghost was necessary for their work, and they were not to venture to begin it until He endued them with His power from on high (Luke xxiv. 49). The Holy Ghost is the great treasure of the Church, His presence will confer upon it an indestructible life, and that presence will never be withdrawn. Our Lord seems to imply that the presence of the Holy Ghost is more to the Apostles than His own. " It is expedient for you that I go : for if I go not the Paraclete will not come to you ; but if I go I will send Him to you " (John xvi. 7). That which the Holy Ghost is to the Church, the same He is to you. In the words of the sacred liturgy He will be to you rest in labour, coolness in the heat, consoler in anguish, strength in conflict, sweetest refreshment, and most blessed light.
MEDITATIONS ON CHRISTIAN DOGMA BY THE RIGHT REV. JAMES BELLORD, D.D