By Sister Barbara Baker, MHSH
Once again we approach a significant moment in the life of our church—a moment when that special gift of the Holy Spirit fills all with new life and an invitation for a new beginning. Jesus’ appearance, once again, from out of nowhere, in the midst of a scared group of followers takes them up short. Jesus stood among them and said “Peace be with you.” He tried to reassure them that indeed it was HE who had recently ascended to the Father. Once they realized the truth, they rejoiced. Jesus addresses them again and says “Peace be with you.” He has returned to them to send them forth as commissioned ambassadors to spread the Good News.
There are tensions and divisions within the community. Each received a special gift from the Holy Spirit and could not rejoice in this because of jealousy and comparisons with the gifts others received. They didn’t realize that the gifts were to be shared with others for the good of the community.
Paul reminds us that our bodies are the same—each part has a role to play and no one is more important than another if it wants to be whole, healthy and in harmony. So, as we approach this great feast of new birth perhaps we could look at our hearts to discover the fire or lack of fire within us for life and service to one another.
What is the “special gift” that God has bestowed on me, and how do I share the gift with the community no matter what my age?
In this time of uncertainty about our future, how and where do I see the Holy Spirit guiding and leading us to a new place with new fire and energy?
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