Pastoral Letter: I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT IN YOU AND YOU WILL LIVE

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Brothers and sisters, Prophet Ezekiel in the first reading of today, Prophet Ezekiel gives us words of encouragement and hope. He tells us that God will put his spirit in us and we shall live. Yes we are   alive because the spirit of God is within us.If God withdraws his spirit from us we are dead. Our bodies without the spirit of God are mere graves, with no life.  We live because the spirit of God is in us and therefore we are to   become aware of our total dependence on God.  The Spirit of Jesus dwells in you  Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Spirit of God. The same Spirit that God  had promised in the Old Testament,is brought in completion in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God,this means that Jesus is the fullness of the Spirit of God. The spirit that gives life. And the life that Jesus Christ gives is not only human life but also eternal life.  The Spirit of Christ is Christ himself  When we  speak of the Spirit of God we mean God and when we speak  of the Spirit of Christ we imply Christ himself. So when we say the Spirit of God or of Christ is within us we simply mean we are in Christ and Christ is in us. If we are one with Christ it means Christ extends his divine power to us. This point is made clear to us by Paul in the second reading of today;  “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin,the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Jesus   from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his  Spirit dwelling in you”. Rom 4:8-11  Jesus is the Resurrection  God did not only raise Jesus from the dead, but God made Jesus the Resurrection. The power of Resurrection is not part of Jesus’nature but the Resurrection is the essence of who Jesus is as the fullness of the Spirit of God who is the source of life. Jesus himself  affirms his identity as follows;  “I am the Resurrection and the life…whoever believes in me even if he dies, will never die” Jn 11:25,26  When we affirm Jesus as the resurrection, we are acknowledging that Jesus is the Son God who has the Divine power to conquer death .In this sense our faith in Jesus who is the resurrection becomes the source of hope beyond the grave. Even if one day we will die, we shall live.

 

Fr. Bartholomew Mrosso  M.afr

Pastor