What do you do with a gift? … Wednesday, January 16

Icon of the Pentecost

Icon of the Pentecost (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 120 people were there. 11 Apostles, and 109 laypeople.

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Glorious Mystery, the Decent of the Holy Spirit. “And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them.” Acts 2:3. There were about 120 believers present on the day of Pentecost. Only 11 were Apostles. At that point these 11 men constituted the entire magisterium of the Church. That means there were 109 laypeople there that day. It’s the Holy Spirit that has guided the Church by way of the magisterium, or official Church leadership with the Pope as head, ever since. But it wasn’t JUST the Church leadership that received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The Spirit is a necessary for all of us, leaders or not. Otherwise how would we ever develop the fruits of the Spirit? See Galatians 5:22. Without the Holy Ghost how would we ever develop the virtues that we’re supposed to strive for? Jesus went back to Heaven, He prayed to the Father to send us Another Comforter, so who is it that we each have need of here and now? Who is it that dwells with and in us, helping us while we journey home? It’s the Holy Spirit. Not a gift meant for a select few but One meant for all. This is not to say that because a layperson has the Spirit of God they have the same sort of authority as the Pope and bishops. That’s not the point at all. The point is that we all have need of this Helper and therefore, as Christians, all share in the Gift that IS God the Holy Spirit. Okay, what do you do with a gift? Well, I suppose it depends on the “you” involved, doesn’t it? Some folks put a gift to good use, another person sticks it back in the closet for later, others waste it or treat it as a thing without value, still another returns it to the store for a refund so that they can get something else they like better. How we treat a gift often reflects how we feel about the giver. If we can’t see the fruits of the Spirit in our lives what does that say about what we’ve done with the Gift? What does it say about our relationship with the Giver?

Today … St. Fursey was an Irish monastic founder, the brother of Sts. Foillan and Ulan, praised by St. Bede. Fursey was born on the island of Inisguia en Lough Carri, Ire­land, as a noble. He founded Rathmat Abbey, now probably Killursa. In 630 Fursey and his friends went to East Anglia, England, where he founded a monastery near Ugremouth on land donated by King Sigebert. In his later years, Fursey went to France to build a monastery at Lagny, near Paris, France. He was buried in Picardy. St. Bede and others wrote about Fursey’s intense ecstasies. Look at what this guy got done! He founded monastery after monastery. More importantly, people don’t experience ecstasies without being close to God. Fursey is a good example of what can be done with the Gift. Follow him as he followed the leading of the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:30 … “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

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