Come Holy Spirit, Come

Dear Friends,

St. Cyril offers a beautiful reflection regarding the mystery of Pentecost which we celebrate this Sunday.  God’s plan for us is that we participate fully in God’s own life.  Our identity is in Christ; our life is in God.  Enjoy!

We will continue our Eucharistic Procession on Friday evening, beginning at 6:00 pm.  Our summer format will be approximately a 1.5 mile walk.  This week we will pray the sorrowful and the glorious mysteries of the Rosary, gathering up the passion, death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord, together with the descent of the Holy Spirit, all the mysteries we have celebrated these last fifty days.  Our path this week will be north on Adkins, east on Taft, south on Newport, east on Delor, north on Ray, east on Neosho, south on Steffens, west on Itaska and south on Adkins to the Grotto.

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

From a commentary on the Gospel of John by St. Cyril of Alexandria

If I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you

After Christ had completed his mission on earth, it still remained necessary for us to become sharers in the divine nature of the Word. We had to give up our own life and be so transformed that we would begin to live an entirely new kind of life that would be pleasing to God. This was something we could do only by sharing in the Holy Spirit.

 It was most fitting that the sending of the Spirit and his descent upon us should take place after the departure of Christ our Saviour. As long as Christ was with them in the flesh, it must have seemed to believers that they possessed every blessing in him; but when the time came for him to ascend to his heavenly Father, it was necessary for him to be united through his Spirit to those who worshipped him, and to dwell in our hearts through faith. Only by his own presence within us in this way could he give us confidence to cry out, Abba, Father, make it easy for us to grow in holiness and, through our possession of the all-powerful Spirit, fortify us invincibly against the wiles of the devil and the assaults of men.

It can easily be shown from examples both in the Old Testament and the New that the Spirit changes those in whom he comes to dwell; he so transforms them that they begin to live a completely new kind of life. Saul was told by the prophet Samuel: The Spirit of the Lord will take possession of you, and you shall be changed into another man. Saint Paul writes: As we behold the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, that glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit, transforms us all into his own likeness, from one degree of glory to another.

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