The Advocate descends upon us today, on this most holy and yet often overlooked feast day of Pentecost. The Apostles were gathered all together in one place when the Holy Spirit arrives and fire-like tongues light upon each one present, delivering gifts unique to each person so that he and she can fulfill the vocation that lies ahead. This manifestation of the Holy Spirit we read in 1 Corinthians 12 is for the common good. It is not to be hoarded or used for private gain.
The fruit of the Spirit is poured out on humanity that day and still: joy, peace, love, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Surely these fruits are meant to be shared. What is love if one does not give it away? Who can you be generous to if not to someone else? Joy shared is joy doubled. Self-control protects another from getting hurt. You get the idea. These fruits are meant to spill over and make the world a better place.
This morning I walked slowly around my neighbourhood with my middle goddaughter and her parents. I marvel at this young woman. She has fearlessly joined me these past months and blessed me with her presence through her hugs and good thoughts. I know the kindness of this whole family through their generosity, love, joy, and gentleness. Being with them today reminded me that the fruits of the Spirit are still poured out for the common good.
Jesus gives the Holy Spirit with the calm assurance of peace. He breathes upon those gathered and sends them out to do good works. The Spirit is a-moving. Come Spirit come! Enlighten the hearts and minds of your people. May we be at peace with the gifts of this magnificent Being of the Trinity and rejoice that we are called and sent, no matter our age or our circumstances. To God be the glory this Holy Day and always.