There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;

Dear Visitors and Parishioners,

June 9, 2019

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.

Pentecost Sunday is one of those liturgical celebrations which at times disconcerts us. We know that we are remembering a historical event which was pivotal in the development of the incipient Church. It was the birthing moment of the Church, the discovery moment of its mission to the whole world. All that is fundamental truth. But is there more to this celebration?

The day of our baptism we became, without exception, temples and dwellings places of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that moved the Apostles to speak in different languages and sent them off into the world dwells within us. And it is the Spirit who enriches our lives with his different gifts. Nobody  can claim that he or she has not been gifted.

Saint Paul reminds us that there are different gifts and that those gif ts are given to us with a purpose. We have to learn to understand us-the Church-as a great mosaic built with an immense multitude of forms and colors. We all belong in this mosaic. We are like pieces which help build this image of Christ in the world. Left to ourselves we are nothing but stray pieces without purpose. Inserted by the Spirit into the great mosaic, we not only find our place but our mission.

It is our mission in life to find our place of insertion into the great mosaic of the Church. No baptized person can claim to be excepted from this mission and purpose . It is in finding our place and insert­ ing ourselves into the great plan of God that we suddenly come to the realization of what real fulfillment and happiness is. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. It is the Holy Spirit who will help us to find the final meaning of our existence. We live to become one in Christ through the Spirit in the midst of the Church.

-Fr. Alberto Rodriguez, O.P.