With the warm weather, many of us have started into our gardens, flower boxes and planters; tilling the soil, removing rocks and old stubble, fertilizing and planting seeds and seedling. But as anyone who has ever tended a garden (or even the smallest house plant) knows, with the best soil, best fertilizer, and hardiest seed and seedlings, nothing can grow without water. Only water that sets everything into motion: the soil, fertilizer, and seeds and only with water can all of these elements grow and bear fruit.
During the feast of Pentecost, where the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, is poured out for all humanity, we see His work as setting into motion all the elements of our lives, in the same way that water affects soil, and seeds.
Our lives, however pious and moral they might be, can ultimately bear nothing without the Holy Spirit. Regardless of how often we go to Church, say our prayers, do good works, without our acceptance of the Holy Spirit, “the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth” anything we might do tends to look like a well-manicured plot of dirt, without life.
This feast, its following commemorations throughout the month (the feast of All Saints, and the feast of All Saints of America/Russia/Ukraine etc.) and even the whole of our lives, present us with the opportunity to turn our work (and it is hard work) into something that at the end of the season of our lives, could not ever be compared to what we started with, any more then a plot of dirt could be compared to the most lush oasis or tropical rain forest.
May we have the courage to call upon the Holy Spirit to water our good intentions, our actions, our sacrifices of time, talents and treasure, that they might bear His fruit of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22), leading to real life, knowing the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom He has sent (Jn. 17:3). Eternal life.