Immersed in Christ: Fourth Sunday of Easter: April 25, 2021
Christians Live by The Spirit
Christianity is the gift of divine Life. We live no longer by the flesh—human nature alone—but by the Spirit.
Paul says, "If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit." It is those who are "led by the Spirit of God" that we recognize as "children of God" (Galatians 5:25; Romans, chapter 8).
Therefore, Christians should not focus on a living good human lives according to the Ten Commandments. That is to live a sub-Christian life. Christians are called—and empowered—to live divine lives according to the New Law of Christ.
To do this we need, and are given, the seven "Gifts of the Holy Spirit" prophesied in Isaiah 11:1 (Vulgate version). Four help the intellect to function divinely: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, and Counsel. Three empower the will: Piety, Courage, and Awe of the Lord. They are listed, but not defined, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1831.
If we use the Gifts to live by the Spirit, then the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) should be visible in our comportment and make it evident our lives are divine.
Obviously, if we are serious about living by the Spirit, we need to know what each of these Gifts helps us do, and how to make the best use of them. For the next seven reflections we will focus on the Gifts. Then we will look at the Fruits.
PRAYER: Send forth your Spirit, Lord, and our hearts will be regenerated. And you will renew the face of the earth.