Thursday, 2nd week of Easter, April 12, 2018
The Creed calls the Spirit the "Lord and giver of Life."
The Good News is Christians have both human life from "the flesh," and divine Life from the Spirit: "What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:6)."You are not [just] in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him" (Romans 8:9).
All Three Persons give Life together. But we "attribute" this to each Person differently. As Creator, God just gives created life. He only becomes our Father when he shares his own uncreated Life with us. What makes us be divinely is "the will of my Father" (John 6:37-40). We know divinely because the Son, Word of God, took flesh as Light of Life (John 1:1; Matthew 11:27). We act divinely by the work of the Spirit: "I will pour out my Spirit… and your sons and daughters shall prophesy… see visions… dream dreams" (Acts 2:17).
We experience divine Life by the Holy Spirit who "testifies" (1John 5:6), crying, “Abba! Father!” in our hearts (Galatians 4:6); and by being baptized "with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Luke 3:16).
ACTION: Change your sense of identity. You are not just human; you are divine, called to live and act on the level of God. Cultivate awareness of this as the first step in "living by the Spirit."
PRAYER: Lord, send me your Spirit.