St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

P.O. Box 1748, 1927 RR 1431,

Kingsland TX 78643

Office: 325-388-3742

Lee Hall: 325-388-0397

Reverend Father Uche Evaristus Obikwelu

Mission: Our Lady of the Lake

120 RR 2233,

Sunrise Beach TX 78643,

4 miles off TX Hwy 71

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2017

 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2017

How does the Church mean that the Holy Spirit groans?

On this Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Holy Mother Church would want us to dedicate our time on the yearnings and groaning of the Holy Spirit? How do we   examine these yearnings and groaning? In his letter to the Romans, Saint Paul unequivocally tells the Romans, “Brothers and sisters: 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 groaning.  And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the  holy ones according to God's will.”

I am inclined to believe that the yearnings and groaning of the Holy Spirit in aid of us is the love of God, who always is there for us at the moment of our needs. This implies that God searches for us like the lost sheep, which brings us to that moment before Jesus ascended into Heaven, he        addressed his Apostles and promised them the gift of the Holy Spirit – The Paraclete, who would teach them        everything. To teach them everything means to come to our assistance when we are at our lowest weaknesses in life. Groaning can also be understood as the constant care of God’s love for us. The Holy Spirit comes to support us when we are sick; he comforts us when we lose our jobs, he consoles us and reassures with hope, when we are           disillusioned. Our Lord Jesus Christ truly knows what the intention of the Spirit is.

There is a very helpful message which Paul has for us when he says, “For we do not know how to pray as we ought to.” It is these human limitations that Paul   wishes you and I to have confidence in our Lord’s promise; to remain steadfast in our hope and faith, so that when all our efforts seem to fail, the Holy Spirit will intercede for us where we are  lacking, because Our Lord has promised us this spiritual gift. Amen.


In Christ,


Father Uche Obikwelu


Jul 21, 2017 Category: Pastors Posted by: cmscharles