BY MONIQUE TRUSCLAIR MADDOX | May 20th, 2024
Sunday’s readings

Come, Holy Spirit!

Growing up as a cradle Catholic, I did not always know how to pray. I did not know that prayer included confiding in God or studying the readings of the daily Mass. I thought it just meant going to Mass. Then I was introduced to Lectio Divina, a Christian method of praying with the Scriptures. This is the point where Scriptural immersion began for me. Try being filled with the Holy Spirit!

In today’s first reading from Acts 2:1-11, Luke proclaimed that “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” When I pray with those words, I feel an intense rush of emotions knowing that God is present in me. Sadly, that feeling is unrecognizable to some. Too many people, including some in religious orders, have not imagined themselves in the place of “a strong driving wind” or seeing “tongues as of fire,” as described by Luke. Too many shy away from truth and reality, especially when truth comes into tension with one’s preferred reality. I pray that each of you reading this can believe with a fervor that, often, the Holy Spirit destabilizes us from habits, patterns, and histories that are not rooted in God’s love. Sometimes, what is needed is for the Holy Spirit to shake up and enrage our hearts and minds. This is true for those who continue to disregard the calls and cries for reconciliation from Descendants of slavery. As unfathomable as that may sound, I experience this in my work as President of the Descendants Truth and Reconciliation Foundation

In today’s second reading, Paul writes that “a body is one though it has many parts.” He goes on to say that “we are all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons.” Let that sit with you for a moment. No one person is of greater value than another. That has always been the truth, even though new and rebranded forms of injustice try to obscure that reality. I believe, as Brian Johnson sings, that Descendants will not be shaken. We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.

Let’s heed Paul and work together to create a more just Church, America, and world where every person is equally respected for their God-given gifts and institutionalized harm can be reconciled so that people can share their gifts more fully.

Come, Holy Spirit!

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  1. Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight
    Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight says:

    As Monique states:”we recognize the God given gifts of others”. To me each person has a special gift to use in service to others througout their lives. As a psychologist I have noticed the way people are treated in restaurants, museums, and other gatherings. I often ask people how they like their jobs and from one end of the spectrum to the other people like what they do. To me this is a great manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gift of patience when food isn’t brought immediately. The gift of understanding when I truly listen to the person who is expaining somethng to me. The gift of wisdom is shown when I truly listen to the other and at a level that the person wants to be known. The gift of counsel when I listen to the concerns of others and their struggles without mentioning my own. The gift of fortitude is shown when I wanted to walk again and I spent the time necessary to return to that gift.The gift of piety when I spend time in contemplative prayer. The gift of knowledge when I learn something new that is of service to others or when I transform my way of being kind at the nudging of the Holy Spirit. Fear of the Lord is one I will really work on as my fear is more of other people than our Father, Son or Holy Spirit.I don’t take God for granted but know that He is always there for each one of us.

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