To live in the Spirit

October 12, 2022 – Wednesday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time

Click here for the readings (https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/101222.cfm)

How do I assess my inner-self? Am I dictated by my inmost desires and needs that I tend to be selfish? Am I driven by my passions and impulses to the point that I judge and act thoughtlessly? Am I easily overwhelmed by my emotions that I react harshly and violently towards others? Or do I take the time to gather my thoughts and reflect on what to act and say despite the external tensions? Am I aware of my wants and prioritizes my needs? Am I also socially aware and connected with people around me and of their needs? Do I find balance in all aspects of my life?

These questions bring us into a greater awareness of ourselves that also invite us to be grounded and become a balanced person, in a holistic sense. We believe that God’s desire for us is indeed, to live life fully and become the person God wants us to become. Hence, anything that dampens our spirit, that suppresses our person to grow and become mature, hampers also our freedom and of our capacity to give life to others.

This is something we have also heard in today’s readings. In fact, Jesus strongly pointed out the malicious attitudes of the Pharisees and scholars of the law for being so narcissistic yet unconcerned and unmoved of the difficulties of the people around them.

Moreover, St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians reminded the people of the tendency to be driven and be overwhelmed by the “works of the flesh” that basically are self-centered, malicious and of evil origin. Paul’s warning to the people was his concern for them that they may not to be drowned by human passions and desires. These will only lead them to emptiness and separation from the grace of God.

Thus, Paul reminded them “to live in the Spirit and to follow the Spirit” because only then that we shall be able to embrace true satisfaction and contentment. Consequently, the Spirit gives joy, peace, love, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are the graces that we should seek and that we need.

This is the invitation for us today and that is to live in the Spirit and to follow the Spirit. Hence, we pray for that grace that we may become more open and welcoming to the movements of the Holy Spirit in us, on the many promptings and invitations for us. Let us allow the Spirit to challenge us and inspire us especially when we are overwhelmed by our human desires and selfish tendencies. Kabay pa.

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