We’re preparing ourselves to receive the Holy Spirit in a new way at the celebration of Pentecost, the day we recall the gift of the Holy Spirit given to the disciples who were in one place together in Acts 2. There are so many ways we could prepare. This series is focusing on the gifts the Holy Spirit will provide for those who are prepared to receive them, which will allow us to live entirely for the Lord by prayer and action. For more information about this series, click here to find the original post.
We’ll continue our investigation of these gifts with the gift of Knowledge.
How does this gift help?
The gift of Knowledge helps us see everything in relation to God. Everything around us – especially nature – is meant to lead us to the Lord. Because of our sinfulness and the distractions of the world, we so easily lose sight of God. The gift of Knowledge helps clear our vision and quiet our senses – what a gift! With this gift, we can see how all created things can lead us to God. A great example of one who had this gift is St. Francis of Assisi. He looked out on the created world and called everything “Brother” or “Sister” because all of creation shared a common relationship of being created by God and destined for his glory. What’s more, all of these created gifts are meant to lead us to a spirit of thankfulness to our good Father who loves us so much that he would create everything as a reminder of his love for us. This gift will detach us from creatures by showing us how empty and fleeting they are, allowing us to see that no creature can make us perfectly happy. It will even allow us to see whether this creature or that will lead to disordered desires and, thus, turn us away from God.
The gift of Knowledge also helps us see clearly our own motives – and the source of our motives – for everything we do and say. In short, the gift of Knowledge reveals to us the state of our soul. It helps us see how to move forward toward the good, even toward the best good which is our salvation.
Who needs this gift?
While it’s clear everyone needs this gift, there may be a particular need for those who are especially bogged down with worldly things, things which easily distract us from thoughts of Heaven. This gift will be of great help for those who find themselves more attracted to worldly comforts and pleasures than to the thought of Heaven and worshiping our God forever.
This gift will also be a great aid to those who are charged with leading others in the spiritual life, because it will help them see how to lead souls away from worldly attractions and toward the Lord.
How do I prepare myself to receive the gift of Knowledge?
Make it your goal to look at everything with the eyes of faith. Ask the questions: How will this thing help me achieve salvation? What does God intend for me with this thing? After answering these questions, we will begin to see what is useful for our salvation and what is useless. We will begin to know when it is a good time to forgo even something good in order to sacrifice for the Lord, which will gradually help detach ourselves from creatures.
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Your glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to You, and Your eternal rewards. Amen.