Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Like Fire and Wind


In the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles Luke searches for words to describe the indescribable. He chooses fire and wind. He writes that the coming of the Holy Spirit was something like flames of fire and a roaring wind. It makes me think of a wildfire. An event so powerful and conspicuous that no one can ignore it.
"And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit made them so keenly aware of what Jesus meant that they could no longer contain themselves. The Holy Spirit gave them the power and the courage to break out of their hiding and risk everything for the Good News of Jesus.
What does this mean for me? I pray that the Holy Spirit will bring me to a deeper understanding of what Jesus means now and fire up in me the courage to say it.
"A lukewarm thing loses its heat when it touches something else; a burning thing sets fire to everything it touches."
(Ghandi in Lanza del Vasto's Return to the Source)
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