Human beings are created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by means of doing this save their souls.
The other things on the face of the earth are created for the human beings, to help them in the pursuit of the [goal] for which they are created.1
Those of us who grew up long after St. Ignatius but before the Second Vatican Council recognize the saint’s expression in the response we learned to the question, “Why did God make me?”
God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.2
The disciples’ posture of waiting dramatically reminds us we cannot coerce the Uncreated Gift, who is freely given to us for the sake of the world. As God breathed life into the first humans at the dawn of creation, Jesus continues breathing new life into all his disciples, commissioning us to proclaim his peace with our lives.
- Allow yourself to feel and savor the light and loving warmth of the Trinity, creating you each moment.
- Ask the disciples and Mary to present you to Jesus.
- Praise him for rising from the dead for you, and ask him for a share in his joy.
- Consider with Jesus how you have experienced his Spirit in the last 24 hours; then resolve to be more attentive and more open to the ways Holy Spirit prompts you to live as Jesus’ friend and coworker.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Saying it teaches us how to wait for the Lord to give; to live as people, who count on Jesus’ graciousness, and who are recreated each moment by his forgiving, empowering Spirit.
- Spiritual Exercises, 22.
- Baltimore Catechism4, Part 1, Q&A 6.
- Or Advocate: John 14.16, 26; 15.26; 16.7. The Catechism of the Catholic Church offers this succinct insight: “When he proclaims and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus calls him the ‘Paraclete,’ literally, ‘he who is called to one’s side,’ advocatus. ‘Paraclete’ is commonly translated by ‘consoler,’ and Jesus is the first consoler. (#692).
- Genesis 11.4-9.
- Luke 24.49.