May 24, 2015 - Pentecost, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Do you ever feel spiritless? Has your life become dull and boring? Do you feel uninspired? Have the struggles of life left you weary?
When our lives are spiritless, we can become world weary; without pleasure in our meals, without purpose in our work, without passion in our love.
What is needed is a thirst for the Spirit, the Holy Spirit of God and a desire for the gifts that the Holy Spirit pours out upon us.
In our scriptures we find many listings of various gifts that come to us from the Holy Spirit: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, discerning spirits, charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, long-suffering, humility, fidelity, modesty, chastity.
Saint Paul tells us that the gifts vary from person to person. We are not given the same gifts. And we are not given all the gifts.
But each of us has some gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit. And on this Feast of Pentecost we celebrate those gifts.
Now, it is totally up to us whether or not we use the gifts given by the Spirit. Some among us probably have not even identified the gifts that have been given.
And when the gifts are left unused or unnoticed, then our lives become spiritless and uninspired.
Some gifts are subtle, so subtle they almost go unnoticed. But they are gifts and when used they fill us with God’s Holy Spirit.
Some gifts are as simple as giving kind words, loving service, moral support, a listening ear. Simple, but effective and life giving.
Other gifts are bold. They require leadership and tenacity. They are public, charismatic gifts: the gift of preaching, the gift of proclaiming the word, the gift of serving God at the altar, the gift of song.
We are not all given the same gifts, but we all are given some gifts.
Once we identify our gifts, then we have to decide whether or not we are going to use those gifts to build up the Body of Christ in our midst.
The gifts that are given are meant to be shared. When we begin sharing our gifts, new life is awakened within us. The spark of the Spirit is fanned into flame.
What was spiritless becomes Spirit-filled. We find new pleasure in our meals, new purpose in our work, new passion in our love.
The Holy Spirit has the awesome power to turn those among us who are spiritless into passion-filled folk with faith and purpose.
If the struggles of life have left you weary, maybe it’s time to ask for an outpouring of the gifts of the Spirit.