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
With Pentecost the liturgical season of Easter came its conclusion. But Easter joy and purpose lives in us through the gift of the Spirit.
That gift is made manifest in many many diverse ways, suited to the person and God’s purpose. The gift is the Spirit’s and the purpose is to fulfil God’s will.
Often our will and God’s will are not in perfect synch! When this is so, then we may well fail to see God’s purpose being fulfilled in this or that person or this or that work they do.
The guidance of Jesus that the one who is not against us is for us is a good place to start in trying to grow in humility, tolerance and openness to learning more about God’s will. But it may not be enough!! We probably need to supplement it with the advice St Ignatius Loyola gave that we should actively seek to put a good interpretation on what others say and do. There are limits, but when these are met, the ‘error’ should be checked with kindness.
Pentecost. Aylesford. (c) 2008, Allen Morris