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.