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Sunday Devotional: Pentecost

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O Lord!
The earth is full of your creatures.

If you take away their breath, they perish
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 104)


Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always. Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Those who do not love me do not keep my words, yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (John 14)


Stephen Beale writes:

Christ is God in the flesh nailed to the Cross. He is the God who wept and slept, who ate food, and who sweated in the Garden of Gethsemane. The images of the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, are of a radically different character: tongues of fire, the heavenly wind, the dove that flies away.

In Christ, we touch and see God. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, seems to be God intangible. But Scripture also speaks of the Holy Spirit in terms that assure us of His definite presence in our midst. [...]

“The Holy Spirit is the kiss that the mouth of the beloved Son imprints forever on our hearts,” writes Jesuit theologian Blaise Arminjon. “The same kiss eternally united the Father and the Son within the Trinity is now uniting us to them.” The ‘divine kiss’ is indeed an apt name for the Holy Spirit, by whom Mary conceived Christ. The Holy Spirit is also the one who washes away original sin in baptism and who makes Christ present in the Eucharist—all of which unite us, in Christ, to God the Father. Put simply, the Holy Spirit is the ‘kiss’ that unites humanity to divinity.


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