February 9, 2015
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters. Gn 1:1-19
What do you think of, beloved, when you hear the words “a mighty wind?” If you’re from the mid-west, like us, you most likely will think of tornadoes. If you’re from the east coast, it might be hurricanes. If you’re a Holy Trinity believing Christian, you might think of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, or maybe even this passage from Genesis where the Holy Spirit, the ruach ha-kodesh, swept over the waters of God’s Creation – prefiguring Baptism.
We might be on a baseball field, going after that high pop in perfect sync with someone three times our weight, when we both miss and they land right on top of us. And as the Holy Spirit is knocked clear out of our lungs, we gasp, seeking His return. A mighty Wind, the breath of Life.
We might even be at Church, as I was this morning, to learn the sad news that a dear friend went home to be with God overnight. It takes the wind right out of us. A mighty wind. A holy wind. But He is there to keep us upright, as we gasp again and come back to the reality of life. We will all join her, one day. And maybe, we pray that we may be in such a healthy state of mind at 90+; and even in such a grand state of mobility, though she was pretty frail. Margaret still drove every day, on her own, to our 6:30 am Mass. Still read daily readings to us all. Still ministered to the sick, and was even in the process of teaching others her ministry.
It’s a mighty wind, beloved, that comes and goes from us with every breath we take. Remember that God is in it. Remember that the Holy Spirit will keep it in us, as we recall His presence with those very breaths.
Praise God and be still through it all, beloved.
We are One with Him
and one another
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