Posted by: livingscripture | June 12, 2011


From the Word of the Day 

Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.

                               John 20: 23                                                                    

How should we live this Word 

The Books of Acts tells us that the house was full of wind afterJesushad invoked the Holy Spirit upon His apostles.  After this, they seemed like they were drunk, outside themselves.  They spoke in languages they did not know and they were understood by all those present.  From being fearful, they became courageous.  From being blocked in heart and mind, they became loquacious and unassuming.  The Holy Spirit had really inebriated them with trust, hope, and joy.

This is what happened to the Twelve in Jerusalem.  This is what always happens for each one of us.  The Holy Spirit is a wind that wraps round us and sometimes turns our life upside down, but He never leaves us cold and fearful, apathetic and repetitive.  He always fills us with courage and initiative, with the creative innovation of the gift of love that dwells in us from always, making us be and give the best of ourselves.  The Holy Spirit is the ‘ruah’, the vital breath, God’s breath, the life force, by which everything is and grows, and is oriented in cosmic harmony.  It transforms us into Christ and leads us back to Him in fullness of life and oneness.

Let us welcome Him.  Then our little self will be dilated into the infinite divine self.  We will be able to go freely toward our sisters and brothers full of love and forgiveness.  “Those whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and those whose sins you retain are retained.”  Those who receive the gift of the Holy Spirit cannot refrain from forgiving.  All barriers are eliminated and there is no violence.  The heart is opened to friendship, to trust, to compassion.  Panikkar stated that ‘To forgive means to un-create evil’.  

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will invoke the Holy Spirit: 

Spirit of God, Ruah, come from the four winds and blow so that I may have life and have it in abundance.

The voice of Pope Paul VI

Come, Holy Spirit, give us a large heart open to Your silent and powerful word that inspires.  Close us to all miserable ambitions.  Give us a large and strong heart to love everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer with everyone.  Give us a large and strong heart whose only beatitude is to palpitate with the heart of God.

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