Breath of God

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 05/21/2015

in Easter

Pentecost–Cycle B
May 24, 2015

“Jesus breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit…the Spirit of truth, will guide you to all truth.’”
(John 20:22b)

Breath of God

Child of God, breath of God, disciples of God are we.
Baptism and Confirmation commission us to serve God and to serve others.
Today, we will not hear wild winds nor see flames of fire.
We may feel stirrings in our hearts reminding us to renew the face of the earth.

“The flame of the Holy Spirit settled on each one and kindled within them the divine fire,
a fire of love capable of transforming them.” (Pope Benedict XV1)

Before being able to serve God,
Before being able to serve others,
Before being able to transform others,
we must allow the Holy Spirit to inflame and transform us;
we must allow the Holy Spirit to be our soulmate;
We must invite the Holy Spirit to dwell within and be willing to be the Spirit’s tabernacle.

With joyous song* we sing:

Love of God, your grace profound
Knows not either age or bound;
Come, my heart’s own guest to be,
Dwell for evermore in me.
Amen.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Name the Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-25). With which fruit are you most comfortable? Most uncomfortable? Why?
  2. What does the level of comfort tell you about your needed transformation?
  3. How do you define soulmate? What do you think about the Holy Spirit being your soulmate?
  4. If you could ask the Holy Spirit just one question, what would it be?
  5. Why do some people find it difficult to be aware of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?
  6. Jesus greets with, “Peace be with you.” Where and when do you need the gift of peace?
*Tune used for “On This Day, the First of Days” (Magnificat, Vol.17, No.3, p. 350)

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