HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF 2ND WEEK OF EASTER.
THEME: The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
BY: FR. DEOTATIOUS CHIKONTWE SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard how the early Christian community loved the Lord and placed Him at the centre of their community and their lives, and they also loved one another and cared for the needs of those around them, instead of selfishly seeking only to satisfy themselves. They are our role models and examples in how we should live our own lives in this world, and all of us should indeed make good use of the time and opportunities presented to us so that we may also live our lives worthily of the Lord.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
Jesus speaks about the wind in this morning’s gospel reading. He says, ‘the wind blows where it pleases’. The wind is beyond our control; it doesn’t blow where and when we want it to blow. We can harness the wind to some good purpose, but we are never in control of it. Jesus often spoke about day to day realities, like the wind, as a way of talking about more spiritual realities. In this morning’s gospel, in speaking about the wind he is, in reality, speaking about the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit’, he says. In the language Jesus spoke, and in the language the gospels were written in, the same word could mean either ‘wind’ or ‘Spirit’.
Dear friends, Jesus seems to be saying to Nicodemus and to us that the Spirit of God is not something we can control. We do not take the Spirit where we want it to go; the Spirit takes us where God wants us to go. All we can do is to surrender to the breath of the Spirit within us and around us, to allow the Spirit to direct us and to lead us. Like a flag blowing in the wind, we are to move in response to the movement of the Spirit. The spiritual person is the person whose life is shaped and directed by the Spirit. We are all called to be spiritual people in that sense. Discerning where the Holy Spirit is leading us is central to our lives as followers of Jesus.
May God bless us always in all good things we do.
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