May 29

If on hearing about the kingdom of heaven we are brought to tears, do not let us be content with these tears, or think that we hear well with our ears or see well with our eyes, and that we need nothing further. For there are other ears, other eyes, other tears, just as there is another mind and another soul. I am referring to the divine and heavenly Spirit, that hears and weeps, prays and knows, and that truly carries out God’s will.

When the Lord promised the great gift of the Spirit to the apostles, He said: “I am going; but the Intercessor, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything” (John 14:26); and: “I still have much to tell you, but its burden is more than you can bear now. When, however, He who is the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:12-13). He, therefore, will pray and He will weep. For, as St Paul says: “No one but the Spirit of God knows about the things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11).

When, as promised, on the day of Pentacost the Paraclete made Himself present and the power of the Holy Spirit came to dwell in the souls of the apostles, the veil of sinfulness was once and for all removed from them, their passions were annulled and the eyes of their heart were opened. Hencefore they were filled with wisdom and made perfect by the Spirit: through Him they knew how to carry out God’s will, and through Him they were initiated into all truth, for He directed and reigned in their souls.

Thus, when we are brought to tears on hearing God’s word, let us entreat Christ with unwavering faith and in the expectation that the Spirit, who truly hears and prays according to God’s will and purpose, will indeed come to us.

~St Makarios of Egypt



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