Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hooray for Pentecost!

It is not true that some human beings are by nature superior and others inferior. All human beings are equal in their natural dignity. -Blessed Pope John XXIII

1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13
Brothers and sisters:
No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. 

As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

Hooray for Pentecost! Happy birthday to the Church! Today I was reminded that no matter how different we may be from each other, we are all united in Christ. Today God awakes our souls so let us no longer hide behind locked doors, for we have received the most awesome gift of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we are filled with it! Let's not squander the many beautiful gifts we have received on petty things and situations.

We learn in today's readings not to hold on to grudges and the sins that others committed against us. Though I will say that I struggle with letting go, but when I do, it is a truly wonderful feeling. Holding onto those things really doesn't get us anywhere. Forgive, as hard as it may be at times. And in the same breath (ha--breath, get it?), let's not allow differences to prevent us from loving our brothers and sisters.

Let's renew the face of the earth, one loving act at a time.

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