It is 10th April 2018. The readings are from Acts 4:32-37; and the Gospel from John 3:7-15. The conviction, power and witnessing comes only in ideal living and sharing with the others in the community. When we abuse the resources of God and use it for our selfish motives than common good, it opposes strongly the witness to Christ Jesus. Fearlessness and inner courage comes in sharing the resources with the members of the community in need. It is the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in a person that moves them to preach, teach, sacrifice and share. It is the Holy Spirit who inspires and transforms the hearts of the members of the community. In most cases, we silence the Holy Spirit with our selfish and ulterior motives of being elected and to hold positions in the Church and in the society. We play the spiritual games of using people as the objects of personal benefits for our continuance in ruling and controlling the others and gradually deafening to the needs of the other members in the community, it is now being seen in a social or religious communities. Where there is a lack of sharing of resources for the common good, there is no way we could acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit. The first reading speaks of the ideal community in which everyone is loved, cared, respected and taken care of. There is no room for lies, power politics, spiritual game changing moments, and using the members as the objects of gains and benefits for one’s own plans. It is only by a total surrender and leaning on each other we grow as one community. The responsorial Psalm praises: “The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.” (Ps.93:1). The Gospel encourages us to allow the Holy Spirit to function in the community. Let not the windows of charity be shut for the movements of the Spirit of God in our communities. Let nothing we plan and do oppose or silence or sadden the Holy Spirit in our communities. “You must be born from above. The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.” (Jn.3:8). We must not dictate and control the Holy Spirit with our evil intentions and our human prudence. When God’s Spirit is free, only then we are able enjoy the plan of God. Otherwise we begin to justify and sideline the plan of God so spiritually and cunningly. The Spirit of God is the creative energy that moves wherever He wishes to hover over and move around. We need to be open, plausible and flexible for the Holy Spirit to do the plan of God in our communities and in all our endeavors. Our transparency, sincerity and honesty has a common platform when we allow ourselves to be guided by the Spirit of God. May God bless each one of us to visualize the ideal community where the Spirit of God works freely. May you have a good day.

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