Pentecost’s fire and water

Just some random thoughts on this feast of feasts…

  • During the fiery creation the Holy Spirit was hovering over the turbulent waters.
  • During the exodus the Holy Spirit in fiery winds of the pillar of cloud and fire was hovering over the chosen people bringing them through the turbulent waters.
  • In the turbulent waters of John’s Baptism, with that entire region of the world going down for the baptism, the Holy Spirit hovered over Christ Jesus.
  • Upon the cross, there were turbulent waters (water and blood) which had formed when the pericardium of Jesus was sundered in His traumatic prayer to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane (which the doctors of Calvary say, considering the sweat of blood, was accompanied by a massive heart attack. We saw those turbulent waters flow out of Jesus’ Heart, His side, when pierced by the sword of the Roman soldier. Jesus breathed forth our Redemption and the grace for our salvation. Jesus breathed on them, to those whose sins you forgive, He said, those sins are forgiven, the Holy Spirit being provided for the forgiveness of sin, whether in the turbulent waters of baptism from the side of Christ, or by way of absolution with the Holy Spirit’s sanctification of us coming by that same Sacrifice of the Mass, water gushing everywhere.
  • At Pentecost, that fiery love of the Holy Spirit forms us into being the members of the Body of Christ. The original fifty days was from the turbulent waters of the exodus to the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai always accompanied, guarded, guided by the Holy Spirit in the cloud of fire, then right into the Tent, to the Temple, but the Temple is Christ Jesus, and Mary herself the Ark of the Covenant, she the Immaculate Spouse of the Holy Spirit. And while the Law brought us to understand how dead we were in sin, in also thus prepared us to keep that law perfectly but as the littlest children of God.
  • So, then, we also recall that the Rock with the chosen people was Christ Himself, with those turbulent waters flowing from the Rock, giving them drink in their thirst in the desert. There is the fiery Holy Spirit. There is Christ. Did the Apostles offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on that fiftieth day, that Pentecost in fulfillment of the entire economy of salvation. Of course they did. Thanks be to God. And we are made to living stones of that Temple in which is the Light of Christ, the fiery ardent love of God.

From Ezekiel 47: The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was flowing from the south side. As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in–a river that no one could cross. He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Sea. When it empties into the Sea, the water there becomes fresh.


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2 responses to “Pentecost’s fire and water

  1. Aussie Mum

    “Just some random thoughts …” but moving and very, very helpful. God’s Love in motion is so beautiful.

  2. pelerin

    Father George – you are always telling us how you love being a Priest and doing priestly things. I have just watched a video called ‘The making of a Catholic Priest’ which shows a young priest – Fr Stephen Gadberry of Arkensas – and his love for the priesthood. His enthusiasm shines out as does yours – and he has two dogs!

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