June 9th, 2019

Pentecost

Year C

The Spirit leads us into the freedom of the children of God, reminding us of what Jesus said, that is, conforming us to his being and feeling.

Acts 2:1-11; Ps 103 (104); Rom 8: 8-17; Jn 14:13-16.23b-26

“The Spirit himself, together with our spirit, attests that we are children of God”, St. Paul writes to the Romans. In other words, the Spirit makes us live the transition from the condition of the slaves to that of the children of God. It teaches us everything, because it introduces us to the truth and beauty of the filial experience, reminding us of all that Jesus said. We could say simply: it reminds us of Jesus, conforms us to him, makes us children like he is Son, making us share his own feelings. The Spirit gives us the freedom of children because it makes us “exodus”, forces us to go out, frees us from remaining prisoners of ourselves, of our possessions, of our illusions, of our closures, to lead us into the truth of relationships. He gives us, as Luke reminds us in the Acts, the new languages of communion, which everyone can understand, even in the inexhaustible game of differences. And the languages of communion are the languages of gratuitousness and charity. Then we become heirs, because all we have we receive as a gift from a Father, and not just heirs, but co-heirs, because what we inherit we inherit, together with Christ and all our brothers and sisters, from a Father who is not only my Father, but it is our Father, Father of all.

Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza

Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey

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