Reflections - May 20, 2018

“Come divine Spirit, send your light from the sky.  Loving Father of the poor; giving of your splendid gifts”
 
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost.
 
The Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son has been poured out over the world specifically on the apostles and in our hearts.  It is the creative spirit of what we know and of what we do not know.  It is also the sanctifying Spirit that educates us with its seven gifts to conquer sin and death.  He is our defender, our lawyer that intercedes for us.  He is also the teacher of the Word of God in the Church.
 
Thanks to His divine light the world is transformed.
“Come sweet guest of the soul, rest of our efforts…”.
 
His Holy Spirit is also given to all the baptized “because we are born from on high, from the water, and from the Spirit”.
 
It is also the Divine Spirit “that gives the effort its merit” helping its ministers and lay people, united to the Magisterium, to discern as a Church “the signs of the times” converting us into evangelized and evangelizing people to accompany the brother or sister and integrate him or her into the community.
 
“Receive the Holy Spirit for to those you forgive their sins shall be forgiven…”.  Also “there are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit, there are different forms of service but the same Lord ”.  1 Cor. 12:4-5.  “But one and the same Spirit procures all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes, 1 Cor. 12:11, for the common good. It is distributed to its ordained minister, through the Sacrament of Forgiveness and the preaching of the Kingdom of God.
 
As you pray on this day of Pentecost ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of wisdom to discern what gifts and talents you possess to better serve the Church.  “Because he who has made the love of the Holy Spirit the fullness of his life cannot do much more than give it back in service”.  Amen.