Reflections on the Word of God by Christian Friends around the world—Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland and the United States
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Manifestatio Spiritus | The Same Spirit
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit” - 1 Cor 12:5.
As Christians who believe in
Jesus Christ, we know that we all are different. Each of us is a special child
We have much in common, but we
have special spiritual gifts to serve others. Apostle Paul teaches us we should
be friendly and compassionate. It is the foundation of our spiritual life.
If we want to progress and know
ourselves better, we ought to live in peace. We need to receive God's Spirit
and to accept Jesus as our Lord.
Personal maturity consists in
knowing our Lord Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. I cannot know
myself if I do not allow the Holy Spirit to work on me. I cannot receive all
the gifts of the Spirit if I do not accept the truth about myself.
God the Father enriches and
blesses each person. Thus, each of us has different spiritual gifts (v.4) and
can do different things (v.5). But we are one in God.
We need to ask the Holy Spirit
to let us know the best way of serving others (v.7).
O Holy Spirit, we praise you
and worship you. Let us recognize our talents and skills to build one Church of
Christ. We understand that all good things come from you. Thanks to your gifts
we have great faith, we can heal the sick and even perform mighty miracles
(v.10). We want to become your prophets in the present situation. We want to
recognize your presence in the world. So we read the Scriptures and explain
what your words mean. We pray in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the
Holy Spirit. Amen.
Reflection on 1 Cor 12:1-11 by
Fr. Józef Trzebuniak, SVD.