These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.
And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual. Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
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“We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God….”
Poor people! We are made to know God—”our hearts are made for you, O Lord, and they will not rest until they rest in you”—and yet God seems so far away! Our desires are so near, and so immediate, and they pull us every which way. Our desires are like headlights that light our way through this dark world, illuminating the world, bathing it with a certain beauty that draws us ever onward. Yet no sooner do we find satisfaction in any particular desire fulfilled than our heart is dissatisfied, pulling us on.
Sooner or later, we come to realize we are on a treadmill of desire, a carrot always held before us as we go from thing to thing: love to love, ambition after ambition. And if all we have are these things, we are left with only dust and ash and a bitter taste in our mouths, for none of these things will satisfy us ultimately.
Only God will satisfy us, and God is other than this world. And though we are made to know Him, we cannot jump high enough to touch Him, reach far enough to grasp Him. But God reaches down to us and touches us. He comes into our world and embraces us in Jesus, His Son. God joins us to His Son, and initiates us into His relation with the Father in the Holy Spirit, which is not of this world, but is given to us in this world to lead us safely in and through this world. We are lead to the one great love which is above and is the source of all lesser loves — the one love which alone will satisfy our restless hearts. Let us fast from the spirit of the world that we may feast in the Spirit who is from God.
— Fr. Raymond Gawronski, S.J.
Lord, whether this day be filled with abundant happiness, situations that weary my heart and mind, or events and encounters that are simply quite ordinary and routine, I will claim your gift — the Spirit of God and the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Lord, you know the needs of my heart. Bless me with the gifts of the Spirit that will help me to serve the other regardless of my particular preoccupations. Infuse my spirit so I can share the fruits of your Spirit with the many people who will connect with me this day.
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