Sunday, 27 May 2012

Receiving of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is a great feast in the Church’s life.
The great outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church and upon the world.
Pentecost is about meeting a basic human need...
the human need is to breath...breath Divine Love and Life.
Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit into the disciples” (John)
Silence and contemplation 
Taking time to be Biblically reflective and inwardly still enables us to receive, to be open to the Holy Spirit.
Sent Out
After receiving, becoming aware of the Holy Spirit within us, Jesus then “sends us out.
Why are we “sent out”??
They spoke in tongues that all nations could understand(Acts)
Divine love and forgiveness is a universal language.
Reconciliation is a universal human need.
The real language of humanity and the divine is that of love and forgiveness and unity.
In order for the Church to get on with her mission of love and reconciliation, many gifts, many people are required.

One Body, many gifts” (Corinthians)
There are many gifts in the Body in order to carry out the Holy Spirits mission of love, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Many gifts and many people are absolutely required in order for the Church to be effective in her mission, and every single one of us has a role in that mission.
It is a baptismal ministry of the whole people of God, a ministry in the Holy Spirit.
So as we celebrate Pentecost, and re-evaluate our openness to receiving the Love of God, and living out of that love in service to others, let us ask ourselves:
How open are you to the life of the Holy Spirit, the love of God, within you?
How committed are you to learning and maturing in the Spiritual life?
What are you doing, how are you contributing to the mission of the Church in this place?

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