Happy Pentecost! It has been fifty days since Easter. On this day we commemorate the sending of the Holy Spirit into the world. Today is considered the birthday of the Church. Praise God!
There are two options for a second reading today, one from 1 Corinthians 12 and one from Romans. In each of them, St. Paul talks about different aspects of life in the Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 12, St. Paul writes, “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” In other words, God has given you a special gift of the Spirit that you need to use to bring about His Kingdom. And in Romans 8, St. Paul writes, “But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” The Spirit gives us the ability to cast off sin.
I often talk about how God pours out the Holy Spirit in abundance at all times. Our problem is that we only accept a pittance of God’s Spirit. As we grow in faith and knowledge, let’s pray that we will also grow in our openness to the gifts of the Spirit. When we open ourselves more and more to the Spirit, we will change, and become greater agents of change in the world. So what do you say? Come, Holy Spirit!
Father, we desire a greater outpouring of your Spirit in our lives today. Help us to be open more and more. Amen.