|Posted by Fr. Matt on May 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM|
Fr. Matt’s Corner: . . . The Holy Spirit will teach you everything . . .
Peace be with you, my friends, and hold on to your hats, for the Holy Spirit is blowing among us this day! The Breath of God, the Love between the Father and the Son, the Paraclete, the Advocate – the Holy Spirit.
What is it that the Holy Spirit does? Jesus said the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name will teach you everything. He tells us (through Isaiah) what the seven gifts of the Spirit are: Wisdom – to see things (life, death, the world, ourselves) with the eyes of God; Knowledge – to know enough to act well; Understanding – to see beyond the surface and into the heart; Counsel – to exercise right judgment with an informed conscience; Fortitude – to courageously persevere on the path of truth and justice when prevailing opinion flows the other way; Piety – to love and respect God and neighbor; and Fear of the Lord – to know, desire, and serve God above all things.
What does the Holy Spirit do? In the end, the Holy Spirit makes us one body, one spirit in Christ; the Holy Spirit unites us in the unbreakable bond of Love. There are many different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. These Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given for service – not for our own individual benefit – but for the benefit of the entire Body of Christ. You have been given spiritual gifts; you are a member of the Body of Christ. What are we doing with our gifts? Are we putting them to the service of uniting God’s people in beauty, love, and truth?
As we celebrate the great feasts of Pentecost, the Holy Trinity, and Corpus Christi, may we follow the lead of our Blessed Mother Mary in allowing the Holy Spirit to bring Jesus to birth in our lives. Let’s all pray that powerful, dangerous prayer:
Come Holy Spirit, come; fill the hearts of Your faithful.
Kindle in them the Fire of Your Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they will be created,
and You will renew the face of the earth.
Peace to all of you, my friends, this holy day, and to all who love the Lord in simplicity of heart,
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