Spirit of the Living God

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 05/17/2016

in Easter

 Pentecost Sunday — Cycle C

May 9, 2016

“the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit whom Abba God will send in my name, will instruct you in everything and she will remind you of all that I told you.” (Jn 14:26)

Spirit of the Living God

Each time the celebration of Pentecost arrives in the cycle of church readings, I think of the song sung by charismatic people at their meetings, “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us.” When we sing this request, the mercy of God graces us with new life and new courage to live the Christian life as Jesus taught us. Alleluia! The third person of the Trinity is known by many names and given many symbols to identify the Spirit of the Living God. Ruah-Breath of God, Paraclete-Comforter one at one’s side, and Holy Spirit are the most familiar. Some of the symbols include: Wind, Fire and Dove.


“And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving, wind.” (Acts 2:2)

Fierce,                                                           Refreshing

Gusty,                              Whispering,                 Twisting

Breezy,           Gentle,                                                       and

Blustery,                                                                          Hovering.

1. In your faith journey look at the list of words describing wind of the Spirit, What kind of message was the Holy Spirit trying to give you at that time?


“Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.” (Acts 2: 3)

Fire seems like a Gemini to me, It symbolizes two sides.
Fire is fierce and destructive, but can also be comforting source of heat.

Fire destroys, and challenges us to renew and restore.
Fire fills the heavens with black smoke, yet it is a light source in the darkness.

At Pentecost fire is sacred and consumes.
On the solemn feast, fires burns passionately and enflames the heart.

Fire creates dying, golden embers into new life,
making all peoples disciples and missionaries of Jesus for all the nations.


“Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.” (Ps 104: 30)

2. When did you realize the fire of the Spirit enflamed you into action for Jesus?

Come, Holy Spirit, shed your light on our darkness.
Come, Holy Spirit, cool our angers; help us work for peace.
Come, Holy Spirit, guide us in right paths that lead to unending joy. Amen

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