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
The Second Reading at Mass on Sunday, the day of Pentecost, reminds that our life in Christ is enlivened by the Spirit. And that our life in Christ does not necessarily take classically ‘religious’ forms but is lived out in all sorts of difference ways in different people – as parents, spouses, office workers and shop assistants, bankers and politicians.
The Spirit helps us towards fulfilling these various roles in Christ, making of them service for the common good.
- Pray for a deeper availability to the promptings of the Spirit.
Christ and the saints. Reliquary. National Museum, Dublin. (c) 2003, Allen Morris.