Sunday, May 31, 2015

Are you moved by the Spirit of God? Do you allow the Spirit to animate you? - Daily Reflections May 31,2015

Through our baptism, we are immersed into the life of the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Last week, we celebrated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. In today’s liturgy, the Second Reading of St. Paul speaks, “Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God.” Thanks be to God through Jesus, we are given access to the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.
         God loves us. Yes, how many times do we hear and probably take this for granted? However, the truth of this statement never ceases to amaze me.
         The Spirit given to us is the same Spirit that guided Jesus throughout His life, the same Spirit that empowered Jesus in His ministry, the same Spirit that caused Him to rise from the dead.
         Reflect on this: The power of the Spirit to raise life from the dead. The celebration of the Triune God is a celebration of the life God desires to pour into our lives abundantly. This should give us tremendous confidence — the fact that God loves us, pours His love and life into us, enabling us to call God “Daddy” or Father. It’s absolutely incredible and mind-blowing!
         How is our relationship with the Triune God? I once heard someone say, “I can relate to the Father and to the Son (very personal images), but to the Holy Spirit, how does one do that?” There are many symbols of the Holy Spirit in our faith. For example: water, light, dove. However, these are abstract. We need to ask the Father and the Son for an understanding of the Spirit.
         The Spirit is the love between the Father and the Son. We need to be moved by this Spirit in order to relate to the Triune God. The Spirit animates, inspires and moves us in order to realize our status in God — we are His children and co-heirs with Christ. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL
REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Are you moved by the Spirit of God? Do you allow the Spirit to animate you?
May Your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in You. Amen.

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