The only intention of Jesus is to make each of us full of love forever. His desire is nothing less than to build us up in unconditional love. In Christ there is only life following upon life, love following upon love, and joy following upon joy! He is our hope in the midst of all the violence and pain. As a matter of fact, no matter how ugly it gets, it is impossible not to have hope when we are living in Jesus. Do we have this hope in our hearts?
What is a given in life is that we all have our wounds. What is not a given is that we all have invited God into our wounds. Wounds without God can literally become a death sentence. In the despair of their pain without God, look how two students completely destroyed thirteen other human beings. In a sign of ultimate hopelessness, they took their own lives. Their suicides sorrowfully show they did not accept the gift of God’s abundant life. (See John 10:10). But the truth is that their actions revealed the pain inside. In the reality of their life without God, they did not have the love or healing they needed.
What can we learn from our wounded society and our own wounds? We need more! We desperately need more of God in our hearts. We specifically need God in our wounds to heal us. So much of our pain is untouched by love because we do not invite God in. In distress we cry out for love following upon love but we have separated ourselves from the one who can calm our hearts and heals our spirits. Consequently, we have acts of violence and hopelessness springing up left and right.
God is not a God of condemnation, despair and destruction. He has sent us the gift of the Holy Spirit to show us a different way. On Pentecost God gave his followers the Holy Spirit which would change the world forever. A fearful group of disciples burst forth from the room they were hiding in to fearlessly share with anybody and everybody the awesome power, healing and hope of the Holy Spirit. By continually inviting the Holy Spirit into our hearts we can always have more power, healing and hope Hay mas (i moss) is Spanish for “There is more.” Yes, hay mas.
A woman got the news from her doctor that she had three months to live. She met with her pastor to plan the funeral. She asked to be buried with a Bible and a fork. The pastor asked the reason for the fork and she explained that throughout her life anytime they told you to keep the fork at the end of the meal she knew that more was coming. Actually, she knew the best was yet to come because the fork meant dessert. The pastor was deeply inspired because he knew this woman was living in the power and the hope of heaven.
The woman died and it was funeral day. Smiling, the pastor heard many people ask why she had a fork in her hand as they passed the open casket. During the sermon he was able to relay how the fork was a sign of her faith. She wanted all people to know that there was more and the best was yet to come. Her security was born by believing that there is much more to the mystery of life than just our time here on earth. She knew that heaven was going to be the best.
Yes, hay mas. Through the power of the Holy Spirit coming to us this Pentecost, we can have more. In the Spirit, Jesus Christ is available to us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. Forever standing at full attention before us, he is ready to give us more power, healing and hope. Whether we are at home, work, school, church, a game, shopping or on vacation, Jesus Christ is there waiting to give us more and more. Even if we are saturated with love and feeling blessed beyond belief, hay mas. There is no way there is not more with God. There will always be more love and power for us, forever and ever. We will continually grow in the presence of God. Yes, the best is yet to come. Hay mas. The Holy Spirit, the gift of Pentecost, teaches us hay mas and the best is yet to come.
Come Holy Spirit, in all your power, Come! All we have to do is ask.