Come, Holy Spirit, Renew the Face of the Earth

In our current readings from his Letter to the Romans St.Paul describes the mission of the Holy Spirit, “the Lord, the Giver of Life.”  The Spirit helps us become children of God. We can call God, the creator of heaven and earth, “Abba, Father!” We are God’s adopted children, “joint heirs with Christ”, sharing in his glory,  “if only we suffer with him.” (Romans 8)

The Spirit also helps creation which “awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God.” It “groans in labor pains” until that day when there will be a “new heaven and a new earth.” Just as we are awaiting the fruit of our adoption, creation waits to share in our adoption, in “the redemption of our bodies.” 


We read today that “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.” The Spirit aids us in weakness. Is the mission of the Holy Spirit also to aid creation in its weakness?

This weekend all the nations of the earth gather in Glasgow, Scotland (some more reluctantly that others) to respond to the needs of the earth in her weakness.  It’s more than a political event. Can we pray for a new Pentecost?

Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

3 thoughts on “Come, Holy Spirit, Renew the Face of the Earth

  1. fdan

    Dear Father Victor, What a brilliant movement, from political event to new Pentecost! With prayerful lyrics and singing from the hymn Healing River of the Spirit, I’m in:
    “Living stream that heals the nations, Make us channels of your pow’r. All the world is torn by conflict; Wars are raging at this hour. Saving Spirit, move among us, Guide our winding human course, Till we find our way together, Flowing homeward to our Source.” (Verse 3)

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  2. cenaclemary12

    Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
    Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made
    I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
    Thy power throughout the universe displayed

    Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee
    How great Thou art, how great Thou art
    Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee
    How great Thou art, how great Thou art

    When through the woods, and forest glades I wander
    And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees
    When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
    And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

    Lord of life, infuse your Holy Spirit into those meeting at COP26 Glasgow. May it be ore than a photo op for politicians!

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