The Floodlight that Illuminates Jesus

01-17-2021The Pastor's PenFr. Matthew R. Paratore, S.T.L., J.C.L.

Dear Friend,

The Holy Spirit's distinctive role is to fulfill what we may call a floodlight ministry in relation to the Lord Jesus.

I remember walking to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris one winter evening to preach on the words, "He will glorify me" (John 16:14). Seeing the building floodlit as I turned a corner I realized that this was exactly the illustration my message needed.

When floodlighting is well done, the floodlights are placed so that you do not see them; in fact, you are not supposed to see where the light is coming from; what you are meant to see is just the building on which the floodlights are trained.

The intended effect is to make the building visible when otherwise it would not be seen for the darkness, and to maximize its dignity by throwing all its details into relief so that you can see it properly.

This perfectly illustrated the Holy Spirit's power. He is, so to speak, the floodlight illuminating what Jesus has told us. Or think of it this way. It is as if the Holy Spirit is throwing light over our shoulder on to Jesus who stands facing us.

The Spirit's message to us is "Look at Jesus, and see "US", The Trinity; listen to Jesus and hear His word; go to Him and have life; get to know Him and taste the gift of joy and peace.

The Holy Spirit, we might say, is the matchmaker, the celestial marriage broker, whose role it is to bring us and The Father and The Son together and to ensure that we stay together. It is The Holy Spirit that gives us the desire and the fortitude to pray always and never lose heart.