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Sharing of Gifts
Acts 2: 1-4
“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind and it
filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues
as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all
filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak ln different tongues as the Spirit
enabled them to proclaim.”
This reading from Acts enables me to imagine the first Pentecost in all its power and mystery. The apostles were not aware at that moment of all that they had been given only that the Spirit impelled them to share the good news of salvation. Over time the apostles became conscious of the richness of the gifts granted to them and to the whole church that day. Today the Church officially recognizes these seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. I have received these gifts. Pentecost is a reminder to become aware of them and the logical. Do I call to mind which gift I will use in a particular situation?
As a practice, I must admit, I do not.
The following question pushed me to consider how the Holy Spirit is working in my life. I also became aware how sharing of these gifts is what Jesus did.
My call through Baptism and Confirmation is to imitate Jesus, so I too am called to share my gifts.
What gifts of the Holy Spirit am I most in need of today?
The gifts I need the most today are wisdom and understanding. Wisdom helps me to exercise good judgment, distinguish between right and wrong; keeps me in touch with reality. Understanding helps me to think clearly to comprehend and interpret information. These two gifts will help me to navigate these difficult times with family, religious community, and the county. I pray for God’s will to be done in all these spheres.
May my musings be an encouragement to us all to become more conscious of our need for the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Jesus) to be included in every part of our lives.