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dc.contributor.authorSchuler, Jeanneen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 63en_US
dc.description.abstractCome Back to Life As a body is one though it has many parts,|and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,|so also Christ. (1 Corinthians 12: 12) In fear, the followers of Jesus hid behind locked doors.  The air did not stir and the walls closed in like a tomb.  The trauma of recent days silenced them.  They had lost their way.  In dread they awaited cries for more bloodshed.  In guilt they felt they had failed him.  But it was a playful breeze that slipped under the door and swept over them.  How could a wind trick its way through these thick walls?  The crushing weight lifted and breath returned.  Like dry branches, their spirits ignited.  They laughed and embraced.  Amazing words poured forth.  Fear fell away like the shells of locusts.  Once again new life came forth. In desolation we drop like bones into a ditch.  Rigid and alone.   By reaching out to another, the spirit can find us.  One person finds the words and the other listens.  In one simple gift of compassion, the breath of life returns.  Jesus' companions did not scatter, each seeking safety on his own.  In misery, they clung to each other.  God's spirit made them one body and they roared back to life together.  Intent on being self-sufficient, I can distance myself from the sources of life.  Without deeper connections to others, God's spirit does not find me.  Our world separates us in many ways: each absorbed with her own career, schooling, house, car, disappointments, plans… This ardent individualism can chip away.  In friendship, prayer, conversation, struggles for justice, and service, the odd notion that we are all one body begins to ring true.  As we come to stand together, the spirit of unity surprises us. |Veni Sancte Spiritus.  The lush gifts of the Holy Spirit sound like paradise: "rest most sweet; grateful coolness in the heat."  Jesus greets his exhausted companions with "peace be with you."  We are not alone.  No walls are too thick for God's spirit.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for May 24, 2015: Pentecost Sunday.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSchuler, Jeanne A.en_US
dc.subject.local1Acts 2:1-11en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 104:1-24, 29-30, 31-34en_US
dc.subject.local31 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25en_US
dc.subject.local4John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ben_US

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