Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
... the Gospel about his Son, established
as Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness through resurrection
from the dead. Romans 1
A very human Jesus must have gotten frustrated, from time to
time. He is driving out demons and yet experiencing fierce opposition.
He must have tasted, again and again, the temptations that came at him full
force in the desert: "Use your power. Give them a sign!
You're never going to win some of these folks over, standing on the side
of the poor and the defenseless. Show off a little. It's the
only language they understand." Every temptation, every emotional or
thought-through response to hard-heartedness, must have placed him face-to-face
with the reality of his surrender to the Father-- face-to-face with the Cross
We know the Good News. Paul announces it at the beginning
of his letter to the Romans. The "Spirit of holiness" liberated Jesus
On the days that you and I get tempted, it would be wonderful
to turn to the Spirit of holiness and ask that we might be freed from the
discouragements that bring our spirits down. So often, when things
don't seem to be going well for us, the evil spirit, the spirit of selfishness,
just takes over. Just think of how impatient we are, or how many times
we are displeased with or judgemental about someone else's way of doing things.
A sure sign of the evil spirit's presence is when we start feeling sorry
for ourselves. "Nobody's paying attention to me, to my needs."
Turning to the Spirit of holiness lifts our spirits out of this
hole of discouragement. It can free our spirits from negative, and
even divisive, patterns and allow us to see and embrace our mission - one
person, one choice at a time. What is God's Spirit of holiness asking
of me, in relation to my spouse, my family members, my colleagues, work associates?
Usually, it will start with asking me to listen to them better, then to try
to understand their point of view and their needs. And, then the Spirit
will renew us in our mission to love them, with forgetful-of-self love.
Of course, the Spirit will offer us the grace to love those who drive us
crazy, at least to have compassion on their struggle or to pray for their
I think Jesus was sustained by the Spirit of holiness, who always
drew him from holding on to his life, his needs, and sent him to love and
to console and to heal, by letting go of his needs, by letting go of his
very life. Freed himself, Jesus could experience the Spirit sending
him to bring liberty to captives, to set the downtrodden free.
Collaborative Ministry Office Guestbook