Posted by: livingscripture | May 31, 2009

PENTECOST SUNDAY

From the Word of the Day

 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law.          

  (Galatians 5, 22-23)  

 How should we live this Word

Pentecost is the apex of the liturgical year.  It celebrates the great event promised by Jesus, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples, on those who even today, seek to live His Gospel, especially the precept of loving others as we love ourselves, which is the concrete expression of our love of God.  It is this that qualifies us as Christians.db_43-Pentecost[1]

 The Holy Spirit is Love personified!  It is the Spirit who enables us to love ourselves, God, others, and every creature well.  Without the Holy Spirit, our love is fragile and often sick with egoism.  With the Holy Spirit, our love is purified, vivified.  It becomes that which makes us authentic persons, free from individualistic tendencies, capable of meeting others in depth and of forming communion.  From this, it is easier to see that ‘the fruit’, singular and not plural, is Jesus Himself, the Word.  Through His incarnation in Mary’s virginal womb, He took on those characteristics typical of His way of loving that, in the power of the Holy Spirit, become ours as well.  Isn’t it true that where there are true love, peace, joy, patience, benevolence, goodness, fidelity, meekness, and self control we are at ease?  The environment in which these qualities of love are lived and breathed is the ideal environment for a life that is truly worth it!  It is Jesus’ way of being and of becoming incarnate in daily life. 

 We can well say with St. Paul, ‘For me to live is Christ’.  Or repeat with Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, ‘I ask that today, I may be an added humanity to that of Jesus’.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the beauty and opportunity of living this quality of love that is certainly not mine but that of the Holy Spirit in me.

 O uncreated Love, descend upon me!  Grasp me, possess me, and convert my heart to the Truth of a love that is in some way, Jesus present in the world in which I live.

 The voice of Raniero Cantalamessa, Biblist

 Let us turn our faces and our souls to this breath of life and let it revive and renew us.  Even today, if the whole church would receive this powerful breath, if the Spirit would penetrate every reality, she would get up and walk and would once again be ‘a great endless army’.

 

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