"The Spirit loves us and knows everyone’s place in the grand scheme of things: for him, we are not bits of confetti blown about by the wind, rather we are irreplaceable fragments in his mosaic."
The Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis, Solemnity of Pentecost, May 31, 2020
Winds of change and unrest seem to be blowing about the globe these days. We may be tempted to pull into our self-isolated shells and attempt to wait out the storm alone, but to do this would deny the unity and interdependence of all, established by God and sustained in the Holy Spirit. Instead, we can find solace and direction in these words of our Holy Father this Pentecost ... find the full text here.
Pope Francis goes on to say,
"We might think that what unite us are our beliefs and morality. But there is much more: our principle of unity is the Holy Spirit. He reminds us that first of all we are God’s beloved children; all equal, in this respect, and all different.
As we attempt to grow in faith, and help others on their journey too, how wonderful to know we are not striving to summit some distant mountaintop where God waits only for the worthy. Rather, we are all called by name and justified through Christ in the plan God has for each of us. God descends from the heights to walk beside us, and delivers us into the loving embrace of the Holy Spirit, urging us always to greater respect, appreciation, and love of each other and all of God’s creation.
Try creating a mosaic of your own with materials you find in your home or in nature. Contemplate how each of these materials may be connected to the other. How can we intentionally foster this sense of unity in diversity in our homes, parishes, and communities?
For in one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body … (1 Corinthians 12:13)
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