Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Does the Spirit make a difference

1 corinthians 6:1-11 Ps 149 The Lord takes delight in his people; Luke 6:12-19

I heard someone say the other day that if God were to remove his Spirit from us it would take 3 months before we ever noticed it.

It was a striking statement to make and a more striking reality check for myself.

I began to ask myself whether or not i would notice.  Not only would i notice but do i notice now, the difference God's Spirit, the Holy Spirit, makes in my life.

What about the rest of us?  Is there a difference living in the Spirit as opposed to living without the Spirit?  Would we notice if God removed his Spirit from us?

St Paul is asking the very question to the early Christians in  the community of Corinth.

He is reminded them that as believers who are baptized that the Spirit of God is empowering them in such a manner that they have a greater capacity to see and judge more clearly than the rest.

Hear again his words, "How can any one of you with a case against another dare to bring it to the unjust for judgment instead of to the Holy Ones?"

St Paul believes that those who have been giving the Spirit of God at baptism have a capacity that others do not.  In other words, the Spirit does make a difference.

It is a good opportunity to see if we allow the Spirit of God to make a difference in our life.  Are we aware that we are different because of the Spirit of God that animates our life? Do we let that Spirit guide us forth?

If you are not sure if you are living a spirit led life then look at Galatians chapter 5: fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, generosity, faithfulness, self-control.

Jesus chooses the twelve in today's gospel.  After choosing them we are told that he stands on "a stretch of level ground" with them.  Jesus incorporates the twelve as coworkers, human agents, partners in building and spreading the kingdom.  He empowers them to do what he himself does.

Their is something different about us when we let the Spirit lead us forth.

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