We are an amazing mystery.
Our bodies are a masterpiece of biology. When I hear science reports that speak about the body, I never cease to marvel at the complexity that make up our bodies.
Yet, for all their beauty and the marvellous organisms that they are, our bodies are also limited and susceptible to illness and other limitations, they will one day die.
However, we are not only body we are also spirit. It is our Christian belief, based on the Resurrection of Jesus, that we do not stop existing at death. We believe that although the body dies, we move on to a new stage of being, and that in the fullness of time all of who we are lives forever with God, and with each other. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, we also share in His Resurrection.
The body without the human soul or spirit is dead. The church without the Holy Spirit is dead.
Pentecost celebrates the Gift of the Holy Spirit sent to us by Jesus.
The Holy Spirit is helper, guide, giver of wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, a true sense of reverence, filling us with wonder and awe in the presence of God.
The Holy Spirit is God empowering us, enabling us to be fully alive, able to transcend fear and to choose to embrace life.
Just as the early Christian community were transformed on Pentecost day into courageous proclaimers of the Gospel, so are we empowered to live fully our Christian life.
St. Paul reminds us that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit bear fruit in us. The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We have many desires which are necessary for human existence, e.g. we feel hungry, and so we eat, if we do not eat, we die! If we overeat, we get sick etc.
In the letter to the Galatians St. Paul reminds us that when we do not act out of the Holy Spirit we tend to yield to unhealthy self-indulgence, e.g. sexual vice, impurity, antagonisms, rivalry, jealousy, bad temper, quarrels, disagreements, factions, malice, drunkenness, etc.
Do I accept the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
What choices do I make?
Come Holy Spirit, pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe. Light immortal, light divine, heal our wounds, our strength renew, on our dryness pour your dew. Wash the stains of guilt away. Come, oh Father, Mother of the poor. Give us comfort when we die. Give us joys that never ends!