As we journey toward Pentecost, we call to mind the “fruits of the spirit” – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
In our tradition, the daily scriptures we begin reading now are preparing us for what is to come: the Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on the followers of Jesus, and the Church was born. The passages we read from John’s Gospel are commonly referred to as Jesus’ farewell discourse, given to his disciples immediately before he is arrested and taken to be crucified. He speaks of how we will relate to him, and what is the pattern of the believer’s life. All of it is grounded in community and expressed in terms of how we love.
I believe that the Incarnation of Jesus continues alive daily, when I can experience it as an encounter with Life, God is in that life, you are as my brother, my friend, my fellow, with your gifts, qualities, and certainly also your weaknesses, which make us more human and simultaneously stronger; because this Incarnation is also a maturity process in faith and love.
The letter proposed an interesting itinerary that includes these three verbs: SEARCH, INHABIT AND FORMATE.
… the great mystery of love.
By Sister Adriana Calzada V.
By Martha A. Kirk.