The second reading at tomorrow’s Mass of Pentecost speaks of the confessing Christian being ‘under the influence’ of the Holy Spirit. It is a reminder of how some of those who witnessed the disciples on the first Pentecost suspected that they were full of new wine (Acts 2.13). Peter put them right! (Acts 2.15), but there is something intoxicating abut the power and the freedom of the life in faith gifted to us.
And yet, in the daily grind, we can lose awareness of the newness made available to us each day – and made available to us to share with others. Let St Paul raise our minds and hearts to welcome the deeper truth of our lives and their infinite possibilities.
No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose.
Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
- What gift(s) of the Holy Spirit have you received?
- How have you taken responsibility for them, using them, developing them?
- What gifts of the Spirit do you see in those around you? How do affirm and encourage them in their use of the gifts of the Spirit?
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