Posted by: livingscripture | May 23, 2010


From the Word of the Day

 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

                                                  Acts 2: 4

 How should we live this Word

 It is the day of Pentecost, the day of the great effusion of the Spirit.  This event marks the official birth of the new people of God.  It is accompanied by the gift of tongues, a sign of recomposing the fragmented unity of which Babel is the emblem.

 We ask ourselves if the gift of tongues was the only gift given by the Spirit.  Certainly it was not!  Yet, why do the Acts seem to pass over the others in order to emphasize precisely this one?  The word is the instrument par excellence for relationship.  Through this a person can communicate self, that which is most intimate.  To render various idioms understandable is equivalent to breaking down barriers, abolishing frontiers, thus rendering communion possible.  In the gift of tongues, we have the sign of the mission that qualifies being Church.  It means bringing back to unity all of God’s children, a unity which sin had radically threatened.

 The Church is not born for herself but to be the ferment of unity in the womb of history.  It does not represent a privilege reserved only for some, but a mission for everyone and in full respect for the various languages.  In fact, Pentecost does not mark the abolition of differences, but rather harmonizes them so that we can all understand each other.  We all remain who we are, enabled to understand and be understood.  The discordant notes become a beautiful symphony of praise pleasing to God the Father.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will individuate what makes it difficult for me to understand and to welcome the differences in others and what makes me unintelligible to them.  I will determine what needs improvement in  my relationships.

 Lord, grant me to use only the language of the heart, the only one capable of understanding and making oneself understood.

 The voice of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Apostolic Father

 Our unity and our unified love raise a hymn to Jesus Christ.


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