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 discerned spiritually. 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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
We likely all remember hearing our high school history teacher talk about the Enlightenment at some point. To a great extent, even in the current times we continue to feel the effects of this age that exalted reason above all things. However, today St. Paul offers us another type of illustration, one that does not lie in human reason, but in the light of the Holy Spirit. Only the person who is enlightened by the Spirit of God is capable of knowing things authentically because he or she is not satisfied with looking at the surface, but at what is deeper. That is to say, one sees things as God sees them and, therefore, this enlightened person can give an opinion on – that is, judge – things correctly. Those who allow themselves to be enlightened by the Spirit can go beyond the immediate and become more easily understood. For example, the impolite comment of a tired coworker after a long night caring for his sick child in the hospital or the antics of a restless child in the classroom whose parents spend all day working without being able to play with her. Only by seeing as God sees, enlightened by the Spirit, can we love as God loves. And isn’t that the command that Jesus left us?
In faith, let us ask the Spirit of God, the Divine light, to descend on us and grant us to see with his eyes and to love with his heart.
Come Divine Spirit,
send your light from heaven,
Loving father of the poor;
give us your splendid gifts;
light that penetrates the souls;
source of the greatest comfort.
Come sweet guest of the soul
Give us rest from our effort,
truce in hard work,
breeze in the time of fire,
joy that wipes away tears
and comforts in challenges.
Enter into the depths of our souls,
divine light, and enrich us.
Look at the emptiness of man
if you miss him inside;
look at the power of sin
When you don’t send your breath
Water the land in drought,
heal the sick heart,
wash stains, infuse the warmth of life in what is frozen,
tame the indomitable spirit,
guide the one who twists the path.
Distribute your seven gifts
according to the faith of your servants.
For your goodness and your grace
give the effort its merit;
save the one who seeks to save himself
and give us your everlasting joy.
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