“My soul longs after you, You alone are my heart's desire.” Psalms 42:1
Numbers seemingly play an important role in our lives. Our memories are always associated with particular dates on a particular month of a particular year.
As we all know, the number ‘zero’ when added to numbers in succession can change the figure considerably to a great extent.
Numbers also played a very pivotal role in the history of the world. The number one, three through seven, ten, twelve, fourteen, forty, fifty, seventy, three hundred, six hundred and sixty six are some of the significant numbers in the journey from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Number one is for the beginning, number three for the Trinity. God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. Seven is also the number for divine worship and God’s perfect number. Seven was always the best number for feasts and celebrations. Twelve stands for the twelve tribes of Israel. Fourteen is the Passover number. Forty for the years in the desert, the days spent on Mount Sinai by Moses when he received the Ten Commandments, the forty days of the floods, the fasting of our Lord on Mount of Temptation and the forty days after the Resurrection. Three hundred is for the faithful remnants and six hundred and sixty six is the sign of the beast in the book of revelation. Thus, we see how there is a consistent attribution to numbers in the Bible.
In the old testament, the Pentecost was celebrated in honor of the ten commandments given by the Lord to Moses on Mount Sinai fifty days after the Exodus from Egypt.
In the new testament, the Pentecost also known as the jubilee was fifty days after the resurrection of our Lord and his ascension into Heaven. We see how it was the most deciding day when the third person of the Trinity descended on the apostles and the world for the very first time. The Counselor, Advocate and Helper as promised by Jesus before His passion and death had finally arrived on the earth, an arrival marked by a sound from heaven, the noise of a loud wind and tongues of fire which after descending on the Galileans, they began to speak in foreign languages so that people of various nationalities who were gathered in Jerusalem could understand them in their own native language.
The Holy Spirit made its presence felt after intense praying by the apostles and the mother of our Lord in the Upper Room, the same room where the Lord had celebrated the last Supper with His beloved disciples. Prior to the gift of the spirit the apostles were frightened to accept the changes in their lives but on receiving the gift of the spirit, they willingly accepted the change. They realized that the presence of the spirit was the Lord’s new way of communicating His love after He had returned to the Father. Their despair that things were out of place turned into a new hope. Their sense of defeat at a beautiful time gone hay wire when the Lord was present with them turned into victory at love still being manifested. The pain prevailing in their heart turned into a lasting joy that they would always have the Lord’s love with them and one day behold Him again.
Sometimes, we too have to embrace and accept changes, perhaps new ways of communicating love as given to others and received by them.
We are all aware of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, a manifold treasure of bountiful graces presented by the Lord to the world so that His presence among them would not be missed after He ascended to the right hand of the Father. The gifts of the Spirit is what God has granted to us but the fruits of the spirit is what we return back to God when after being empowered by the same spirit, we allow it to work in our lives to produce the desired results as longed for by God.
We read in Romans 8:11-17 on the power of the very spirit of God; “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
Romans 8 : 17 also points out on the birthright that we will eventually enjoy in the heavenly kingdom; “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
The everlasting fire of this spirit burns in our hearts with an intense flame. It consumes us with its love and binds us with its sweet comfort and graces. The spirit makes each one of us a torch to carry the flame of this powerful love to the world at large so that the whole world is illuminated with the glowing fire of the presence of the spirit as it dwells within us. The spirit always inspires us and guides us at every moment of our lives. At every mass and when we receive the Sacraments, the Holy Spirit is the Heavenly Dew that falls upon us and the sacrifice offered on the altar in remembrance of Calvary.
May we always be covered with this heavenly dew from head to toe so that we can one day glisten when we behold the Trinity on that eternal day.