THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: ADMISSION
Rev. Fr. John-Mary Benedict Ntol Atep
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3).
Now that we have been born and reborn from above by virtue of our baptism and the renewal of our baptismal vows respectively, it is expedient that we gain entrance into the School of the Holy Spirit in order to remind ourselves and develop ourselves and fulfil our identity as those born from above.
The School of the Holy Spirit is open to all. However, every school offers admission to those who meet up with certain requirements. The liturgical readings for Tuesday second week of Easter present two broad prerequisites:
- Openness to grace: “The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). The Holy Spirit is the Teacher of things of the Spirit. Those who have been born anew or from above are those who live by viewing life from an aerial view (We see, judge and act from above). How can we know how to live the aerial view of life in the spiritual life, unless we are taught. Therefore, openness to learning from the citadel of the Holy Spirit is sine qua non. So, we need to do away with resistance to grace. They are attachments to ourselves (self-centredness), sensible devotions, and material objects and realities like money, power, drugs and sex.
- Witnessing: Detachment can only happen in our discipleship to the Holy Spirit as we cultivate the lifestyle of disciples of the School of the Holy Spirit. That is living out the deposits of graces from the fruits of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit: “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all” (Acts 4:32ff).
Readings for prayerful reflection to gain admission into the school of the Holy Spirit: Acts 4:32-37; Ps. 93; John 3:7b-15
Prayer: For poverty of spirit/detachment, self-emptying/selflessness, self-forgetfulness and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
You are in my prayers and please pray for me!