PENTECOST 2015

PENTECOST

CaptureMy sisters and brothers in Christ,
The Spirit of God is upon us! Yet so often we feel and sense nothing. At other times we do feel perhaps a touch of the Spirit and a sense that truly the Spirit is our comforter. We know that in the early Church, this sense of the Spirit was deep and profound–and expressed in so many ways.

The most obvious ways, of course, were in tongues and in healing. Yet we must always be aware that Saint Paul teaches us that there are many, many gifts of the Spirit and these gifts are given in various ways. We must accept the gifts given to us and allow the Spirit to act as the Spirit acts: always creatively.

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The first reading today, from the Acts of the Apostles, speaks about the gift of tongues but also about a gift of understanding. So we have both speaking and understanding as gifts. Speaking and understanding what? The mighty gifts of God! This is not speaking and understanding the gossip of the day, what is going on around us, how to do things! No, this is speaking and understanding how God is at work here and now in our lives.

The Letter to the Galatians, tells us some of the works of the flesh but also some of the works of the Spirit. Saint Paul wants us to understand clearly how to identify if we or others are acting in the Spirit of God. We do that by seeing if the fruits of the Spirit are present: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. To live in all truth is to live in Jesus. To seek truth is to seek Jesus. Thus the Spirit will help us understand the words Jesus has left us in Holy Scripture and will not begin to preach novelties or teachings which contradict what has been handed down to us from Jesus.

The Gospel of John is very clear that the manifestation of true love is always in pardon of the sins of others. Come, Holy Spirit! Draw us into this mystery! Come, Holy Spirit! Form us in Christ the Lord and lift us up to eternal life.

Father Jesus