The Diversity of God

   A Pentecost reflection by Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF, FAN Board Member

This reflection was originally posted in our May 18th newsletter

 

Pentecost, often referred to as the birthday of the Church, is commemorated each moment when the Holy Spirit impels us to transcend any boundaries that prevent us from living and proclaiming the Kingdom of God. The first reading reminds us that we do not all hear or know God in the same way since “we hear them speaking in our own tongues.” (Acts 2:11) Pentecost celebrates the diversity of God and thus the diversity of all created in the image of God.

 

Saint Paul teaches that we are all given different gifts, all of which are necessary to bring about the Kingdom of God. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord.” (1 Cor 12: 4) Whenever anyone in the world, or the Church, is prevented from or excluded from using their unique gifts, all humanity suffers.

 

The Psalmist asserts that when the Lord sent the Spirit, all of earth was renewed. (Ps.104) Divisions of ethnicity, race, economic status, social status, and gender that characterize society, both in the first century as well as today, are banished. We cannot profess to follow in the footsteps of the Resurrected Jesus without being the brother or sister to all others made in the image and likeness of God. There is no division or classification of “other.”

 

This month a five year review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty is occurring at the United Nations. In anticipation of this review, Pope Francis echoed the message of Pentecost when he stated, “Individually and collectively, we are responsible for the present and future well-being of our brothers and sisters. It is my great hope that this responsibility will inform our efforts in favor of nuclear disarmament, for a world without nuclear weapons is truly possible. The desire for peace, security and stability is one of the deepest longings of the human heart. It is rooted in the Creator who makes all people members of the one human family.”

 

In today’s Gospel Saint John reveals that Peace is a fruit of the spirit of Pentecost. “Peace be with you.” Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.” (Jn 20:20) Let us pray that this spirit of Peace presides during the negotiations at the United Nations. Let us pray that individually and collectively we act responsibly for the present and future well-being of our brothers and sisters.

 

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Board Member

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