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September 4, 2018

Fr. Justin Sheehan, OCSO

22nd Tuesday of Ordinary Time

In the first reading this morning, from First Corinthians, St Paul asks, “Among men, who knows what pertains to the man except his spirit that is within?” And then he goes on to conclude, “Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God”.

Read in the context of the present crisis, St Paul is advising us to come into communion with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is there from the very moment that we call upon him, and we can call upon him only when he is present. When called upon he comes, and he brings many divine blessings with him. As soon as he is there, if he finds you humble and open to him, he will rest upon you and will reveal to you what God hides from the wise and the learned of this world.

If you want to receive and learn the meaning of the crisis in the Church, it’s useless to expect from the mouth of a human being what he was not able to receive or learn from the lips of Truth himself. Christ who is Truth had said that God is Spirit, and just as those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth, so also those who desire who know how to live through this crisis must seek the meaning of it only in the Holy Spirit.

In the darkness and ignorance of these times, it is the Holy Spirit is himself who acts in Christ to cast out unclean demons. It is the Holy Spirit who, in one incident after another, reveals the hand of God to those who believe, and for those who wait in faith for him, he gives understanding.